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Court orders gang-free zone around Fremont High in South L.A.

August 25, 2009 |  2:01 pm

An L.A. County Superior Court judge today ordered a preliminary injunction restricting gang activity in a 1.4-square-mile zone around a South Los Angeles high school.

The injunction is the city’s first to be centered around a school and was sought after a nine-month investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department found that students at Fremont High School in the 7600 block of San Pedro Street were frequently threatened and attacked by gang members.

Under the order, gang members are banned from congregating in the area bound by Florence Avenue to the north, Central Avenue to the east, Manchester Avenue to the south and the 110 Freeway to the west. It extends 100 yards beyond each of the boundaries.

Gang members could be arrested for violating the terms of the injunction, which includes blocking the path of anyone walking through the zone. Within the last year, several young people in the neighborhood have been shot, beaten or stabbed.

The California attorney general and L.A. city attorney's offices requested the court order 10 weeks ago. “Fremont High Students are terrorized by wanton gang violence on a daily basis as they head back and forth from school,” Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said in a statement. “This injunction will shield students from violence and intimidation and help foster a better environment in which to learn.”

The area around Fremont is the territory of multiple violent street gangs, including the Swan Bloods, Florencia 13, the Main Street Crips and the 7-Trey Hustlers/Gangster Crips.

-- Corina Knoll