Gang-Free Zone Prevents Brothers from Hanging Out

A 'Constitutional Right' to Family

"You have a constitutional right to be with your family, be in a family environment," said Greening. "I think there is also an issue of freedom of speech, to say that they can't wear certain clothing even if it's being done in a non-criminal way is far-reaching."

Crenshaw says he would be willing to meet with Ponce regarding his situation with his brothers but that Ponce never even showed up for his preliminary hearing.

"There have been other gang members within this injunction who are related to each other," he said. "And the ones who have come in and sat down with me I've been more than willing to accept terms to continue their family and blood relationships. I'm not trying to interfere with that."

"But If they don't show up then they'll just be subject to the restrictions," added Crenshaw.

"I understand there are some people out there who think these things may be going too far and don't like what we're doing, but again, we want to have a law-abiding, safe community, and in order to do that if we can have a proactive measure that allows our law enforcement to stop violent gang crimes before they occur, we're willing to do what we have to do to make that successful."

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