Friday, September 10, 2010

ACLU intervenes in Ogden "Gang Injunction"

Posted By on September 10, 2010, 12:55 PM

The ACLU of Utah joined local attorneys in filing a brief against Weber County for it’s unprecedented injunction barring member of the alleged Trece Gang from participating in constitutionally protected activities in the entire city of Ogden.---

The ACLU’s brief points out the injunction covers a wide-range of constitutionally protected activities that include drinking in public and private and owning legal firearms. But perhaps most disturbing is the latitude the injunction gives to law enforcement to determine that someone is a gang member, and thus take away their rights.

“Particularly troublesome is the fact that no guidance is given to how alleged gang members will be identified by law enforcement,” ACLU Utah Legal Director Darcy Goddard in a press release. Noting that any resident could be identified as a gang member and then be stripped of fundamental liberties. “The proposed injunction is breathtaking in its scope and constitutional deficiencies.”

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