Public nuisance lawsuit filed against Kurdish gang

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville police say they have filed the state's first public nuisance lawsuit against a street gang made up of Kurdish refugees.

The civil lawsuit names the Kurdish Pride Gang and 24 individuals accused of being members. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit them from meeting with each other in a 1.43-square-mile area south of downtown Nashville that includes city parks and neighborhoods.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday is based on a 2009 state law, and the individuals will be served summonses to appear in court. Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said the gang has a pattern of vandalism, assaults, gun possession, threatening police officers and witness intimidation going back to 2007.

The gang is made up of young Kurds whose families came to Middle Tennessee as refugees.

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