City of Compton Seeks Ban On Suge Knight, Gang Members
The court order would be the first attempt in the city’s history to ban gang members from congregating on public streets.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the city contends that the Mob Piru gang has terrorized residents of Compton for years, by robbing and assaulting residents and by selling drugs and guns.
Residents fear that innocent civilians in the neighborhood will be adversely affected. While authorities believe the order would be another tool to fight the gang problems in Compton, Knight called the whole ordeal a publicity stunt.
"This is crazy," Knight told The Los Angeles Times. "I'm a 42-year-old businessman, not a gang member. I don't even live in Compton anymore . . . . This injunction names people who are already in jail -- and at least one guy who is long dead."
Still, police are attempting to ban 200 members of the gang, including Knight, from carrying guns, using gang gestures, spray painting, fighting or congregating after 10:00 PM.
Violators will be subjected to fines, misdemeanor charges, or up to one year in jail.