The city attorney has obtained civil injunctions against five gangs since 2007. But in geographic terms, the action against the Norteños was by far the broadest, extending over 60 square blocks.
But opponents, citing a string of seven killings in the Mission in August and September that prompted police to beef up patrols, call the injunction a failure. They say it took away basic rights, stigmatized young Latinos, wasted money and did nothing to address why youths are drawn to gangs.
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