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CMPD using new gang fighting tactics in Hidden Valley

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is using a new plan to get gang members off of Charlotte Streets, and this time officers are focusing on Hidden Valley.

While it means more boots on the ground, the department announced that will be headed to court to first identify suspects, and take steps to keep them out of the neighborhood.

Police are asking for an injunction in Mecklenburg County Civil Court against the gang.

Papers were filed Monday afternoon in an attempt to take this latest group of Hidden Valley Kings out of the neighborhood that has seen its share of problems that has included several gang related murders in recent months.

"We have identified 20 individuals that were part of what we see as the resurgence of the Hidden Valley Kings."

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe rolled out a new strategy for fighting drug and gang violence in North Charlotte.

While the Hidden Valley neighborhood will see a strong presence of officers, help may be coming from decisions made inside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

"We've gone to a judge over the last couple of days and we've asked for an injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings," Monroe said. " We have identified 20 individuals that were part of what we see as the resurgence of the Hidden Valley Kings."

Nearly 30 known gang members are being targeted and rounded up by police with ties to the neighborhood, but now CMPD is targeting these wanted suspects by using a new state law.

It allows law enforcement agencies to sue known gangs in court and forbids them for associating in threatened communities.

Mark Newbold is the City of Charlotte's Police Attorney.

"One of the provisions of that statute is it allows us to bring a complaint to superior court assuming the gang or individuals in the gang in asking certain remedies put in place by the court."

Hidden Valley in recent weeks has seen its share of isolated violence.

This daylight shooting and murder along Regan Drive highlights a community facing challenges.

At Greenville AME Zion church, neighborhood activists welcome the help, but worry about those who are most vulnerable.

Al Simpson lives in the neighborhood, and is tired of hearing the gunshots near his home.

"On my street alone, there are 15 senior women. Who are they going to defend themselves against this?" he asks

Chief Monroe is hopeful the new effort will make a difference.

"It's a civil remedy. For us it will allow us to intervene not in arrest type situation, but do some of the intervention work that needs to happen.

The court challenge comes on August 22.

Police also say that they're undercover operation directed at the Hidden Valley Kings has netted stolen guns, drugs, and thousands in cash.

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