An injunction against the San Fernando Valley's Columbus Street gang was approved Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the city attorney's office announced.
The injunction prohibits 18 members of the gang from associating with one another within a specified zone in Panorama City and North Hills and engaging in other activities such as intimidating witnesses. The zone is defined as a 2.7 square mile area covering territory generally bounded by Plummer Street, Sepulveda Boulevard, Saticoy Street and Woodman Avenue.
Among the crimes attributed to the gang, which include former state prison inmates with ties to the Mexican Mafia, are murders, assaults, shootings, street robberies and drug dealings, according to the City Attorney's Office.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed for the injunction in February in an effort to stem violence attributed to the more 200 members of the Columbus Street gang. The injunction includes more than 400 pages of declarations from law enforcement officials about the activity of the members of the Columbus Street gang. Trutanich has said the gang goes back several generations to the late 1970s and includes some leaders who are in their 40s.
"For too long, the Columbus Street gang has used intimidation, violence and fear in holding this community hostage to its nefarious activities," Trutanich said. "Today, our prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured an important tool to curb illegal activity in our neighborhoods and bring safety and security to our residents."
The city has 45 gang injunctions, covering 73 gangs and more than 116 square miles of claimed gang territory in Los Angeles, according to Trutanich's office.