St. Paul seeks injunction against local gang
On Friday, a Ramsey County judge will review a temporary injunction request by the City of St. Paul against members of the Sureño 13 gang at the Cinco de Mayo festival in West St. Paul, the Pioneer Press reported.
Under the proposed injunction, gang members could attend the festival May 1-3, but would be prohibited from associating with each other, showing gang signs, wearing gang clothing, or trying to recruit gang membersz within a safety zone around the festivities, the Star Tribune reported.
The City is attempting to get an injunction for the first time since a 2007 law allowed judges to declare a gang a public nuisance and approve injunctions, the Pioneer Press reported.
To substantiate a nuisance charge, the city must prove that gang members have been involved in gang activities three times within the last year, the Pioneer Press reported. Officials submitted documentation of 13 incidents.
They also suspect that a gang member was responsible for a drive-by shooting at last year's event, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
Seven adults and three juveniles are included under the injunction. Three adults told the Pioneer Press that they were not gang members.