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* Preliminary Injuction Issued Against Norteno Gang in Fairfield

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A Solano County Superior Court judge has approved a preliminary injunction that limits the activities of Norteno gang members within a 4.2-square-mile safety zone in the downtown Fairfield area. Solano County Superior Court Judge David Edwin Powers approved the preliminary injunction Friday with some revisions, American Civil Liberties Union-Northern California attorney Andre Segura said this morning. A civil trial must still be held on whether a permanent injunction should be approved. A case management conference on the civil suit will be held on Sept. 4 but a trial date has not been set. Under the injunction, people identified as gang members must not associate within the safety zone unless they are at work, school, church events, non-gang entertainment events or at a legitimate business where a gang member may be working or during emergency situations, Segura said. Gang members are allowed to be at Fairfield municipal buildings, the county courthouse, and at public and private social service facilities on official business within the safety zone, he said. People suspected by police as Norteno gang members or affiliates can participate in an opt-out provision of the injunction if they can prove they have not been convicted of gang activity for the past three years, Segura said. Two men are challenging their alleged gang member status. Twenty-eight people were named as Norteno gang members in the preliminary injunction but police can serve anyone they believe is affiliated with the
Norteno gang, the ACLU-Northern California said. The injunction also imposes a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

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