Judge Robert Freedman of the Alameda County Superior Court has approved and  the Oakland gang injunction against 15 members of a North Oakland street gang. The goal of the injunction is to prevent criminal activities of the NSO–North Side Oakland–gang, whose members, says the city, are drug dealers, robbers, and gang members.

The ruling was signed late Wednesday; this is the first time Oakland has asked for a gang injunction since the 1990s; the request was–and is–highly controversial, as many Oaklanders feel the ruling will support racial profiling even as others say it will improve safety in their neighborhood.

The ruling is published below.

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) 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 Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.