Prosecutors go after Memphis gangs in novel way

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Memphis are using a novel approach to tackle street gangs: They're calling them a nuisance.

Using a state law that has never been used in Memphis, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich and Memphis City Attorney Herman Morris have filed a nuisance petition against a gang called the Riverside Rollin' 90's Neighborhood Crips.

According to The Commercial Appeal, Judge Larry Potter on Monday signed an order for injunctive relief against the gang, which has been accused of robberies, dealing drugs and using violence in a south Memphis neighborhood. Police received about 1,200 calls with at least one shooting call per day in a 10-month span in the neighborhood.

Potter declared a 4.6-square-mile area of south Memphis as a "Safety Zone," issuing rules aimed at limiting gang activity.

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