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Santa Barbara City Council Votes on Gang Injunction

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Apr 23 2014 12:23:17 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 01:44:35 AM CDT

Council listens to opponents but votes to move forward with trial

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Gang Injunction opponents outnumbered supporters at a public hearing before the first Santa Barbara City Council vote.

During a couple hours of public comment, Santa Barbara City Council members only heard from one person in favor a proposed gang injunction.

Despite the public outcry the council voted 5-2 to defend the injunction in court next month. Only Cathy Murillo and Gregg Hart spoke out against the injunction that they believe has cost the city and police department at least $600,000 since 2009.

The gang injunction would be like a restraining order on 27 named defendants. Opponents are worried it will cast a wider net and impact the families and friends of the defendants, too.

A lawsuit to dismiss the injunction will ultimately be decided by a judge.

The trial will begin May 5.

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