Sue the Gangs?
- Fed up with deadly drive-by shootings, drug dealing and graffiti, cities nationwide are trying a different tactic to combat gangs: They're suing.
Fort Worth and San Francisco are among the latest to file lawsuits against gang members, asking courts for injunctions barring them from hanging out together on street corners, in cars or anywhere else in certain areas.
The injunctions are aimed at disrupting gang activity before it can escalate. They also give police legal reasons to stop and question gang members, who often are found with drugs or weapons, authorities said. In some cases, they don't allow gang members even to talk to people passing in cars or to carry spray paint.
We don't doubt that certain aldercreatures who used to belong to certain gangs would attempt to carve out some sort of exemptions for their former buddies. Or license and grant geographical limits (franchise fees if you will) defining exclusivity rights to their wards - like the right to extort protection money for photo "estudios" to provide fake documentation for illegal aliens...oh wait, that one already exists!
It's the Chicago way after all.