Judge Tightens Grip on 18th Street Gang

Continuing a crackdown on the 18th Street gang, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued an order Tuesday severely limiting the activities of 50 members of two of the gang's "cliques."

The injunction by Judge Fumiko Wasserman is the third against the gang in less than a year, said Mike Qualls, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.

The order targets the Shatto Park Locos and Columbia Little Cycos, two 18th Street cliques which dominate the Shatto Place and MacArthur Park areas of the Wilshire district, he said.

The cliques have been responsible for 41 homicides since 1996, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The injunction, which grew out out of a lawsuit filed May 1 by City Atty. Jim Hahn, forbids gang members from owning communication devices such as pagers or cellular phones and associating in a pair of targeted areas, which are about one square mile each.

"The goal is basically to prohibit precursors to gang activity," said Qualls.

Hahn previously secured injunctions against two 18th Street cliques in the Pico-Union district and a set located in the Jefferson Park district of southwest Los Angeles.

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