No hanging out, no meeting up, no guns, no drugs and keeping a curfew: Alameda County Judge Robert Freedman said during a civil hearing on Thursday that he will approve the gang injunction for North Oakland that police and some local residents say is meant to make the North Oakland neighborhod safer, but that others protest as ineffective and an invitation to racial profiling. No date was set to sign the ruling. The ACLU has opposed the injunction, maintaining that it prohibits constitutional rights such as freedom of association, without charging people with a specific crime or meeting the “beyond a reasonable doubt” burden of proof. Meanwhile, Oakland’s Davey D, KPFA radio personality and blogger at Hip Hop and Politics, had his own take on yesterday’s events: Do Oakland citizens need an injunction against out of control cops and police? Davey is brilliant–and only partly tongue in cheek– when he says “that this gang injunction won’t apply to the city’s biggest gang. Many feel an injunction needs to handed down to out of control members our police department.” As evidence for his argument, he shows a video of members of the Oakland police brawling at a Sacramento event. Dude has a good point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8edsNXKT2Y?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360 Discussion is continuing in Oakland on this topic, with the police saying this ruling is a chance to test injunctions before rolling out against additional gangs in other parts of the city. Track Oakland Local coverage here.