Judge declares gang members a public nuisance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville judge is permanently barring members of the Kurdish Pride gang from publicly associating with each other in certain parts of the city.

Nashville's legal department last June petitioned to have the Kurdish Pride gang and its members declared a public nuisance.

With that designation comes a permanent injunction restricting gang members from being together within a 1.4-square-mile "safety zone" where police say the gang operates.

In all, the injunction will affect 22 young men. On Monday, eight were ruled to be gang members. Six were labeled gang members last year. Another eight never responded to the petition.

Typically Tennessee's public nuisance law is used to shut down night clubs associated with prostitution and drugs. This is the first time it has been used against a gang.

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