Gang-Free Zone Prevents Brothers from Hanging Out

Under Texas state statute, the gang must be proven to be a "public nuisance" in order to be hit with an injunction. According to Crenshaw, a gang can be deemed a public nuisance if the group is linked to five or more crimes in a one-year period that are consistent with gang activity.

For individuals to be listed in an injunction, the DA must prove that they have several different factors that qualify them as gang members -- ranging from tattoos, to admissions, to consistently being seen with a gang. The individuals must also have been convicted or suspected of crimes consistent with gang activity.

All of the men listed in the injunction were offered the opportunity to respond, either by writing or appearing in court, to argue against their inclusion, according to Crenshaw. Those that did not were given a default judgment by the judge.

Crenshaw said that in the two months since police have been under instruction to pick up offenders of the restrictions, he has seen fewer crimes.

"Before the injunction, in order for these guys to get caught they'd have to go out there and do a crime, police would have to respond, get leads and investigate," said Crenshaw. "Now these individuals can be caught well before they can actually carry out the crime."

Four of the defendants named in the injunction have been arrested since police began to enforce it just after Mother's Day, when a gang-related crime in the area spurred the DA's office to actually push up the date to begin enforcing the restrictions.

Those who do get arrested face a misdemeanor charge and can go to jail for up to one year or have to pay a $4,000 fine, said Crenshaw, who added that many of the individuals that are picked up typically have outstanding arrest warrants.

Ponce Restricted from Associating with Brothers

Ponce told ABC News that it is unfair that he and his two brothers, who are also named in the injunction and who openly admit to being Latin Kings, can't associate with one another without risking arrest.

Ponce's 20-year-old brother Virgil was one of the first arrests made under the injunction, according to police. Christopher Ponce, Ponce's other brother, is currently serving time in a Texas prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Ponce, who will enter eighth grade in the next few weeks, says he "doesn't like" the injunction because it prevents him from seeing his brothers.

"If I get caught [with my brother] I could go to jail," said Ponce. "I don't like being in there. It's boring, you do the same thing every day. The beds are bad."

Ponce served time once before for a fight that he said was provoked by others talking badly about his brother. Because Ponce is a juvenile, his record was not made available to ABC News.

"I mean they're trying to say I'm a King because I'm a brother [to Virgil]," said Ponce. "Now I gotta try to avoid getting seen by the cops."

Craig Greening, an Bryan attorney who is not representing Ponce or his brothers but is serving as a lawyer to 12 of the other defendants listed in the injunction, said that many of his clients are facing the same predicament.

"Family members aren't allowed to co-mingle with other persons in their family and a lot of the time with these gang injunctions, some people are members, some are associates, and they're all put in the injunction," said Greening. "What happens is that they can't all be together in that zone -- brothers and cousins can't be in the same area."

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