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.

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.

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.