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Charlotte's injunction against gang members faces legal hurdle

It was a groundbreaking way to fight crime. Instead of constantly taking known gang members to criminal court, city leaders decided to file a civil injunction to slow down their activity.

In August of 2013, the City of Charlotte filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Hidden Valley Kings and several of its members identified by police.

The men argued in court through their attorney, Bree Laughrun, that they are legitimate business owners of a record label which produces gangster rap music.

Now, in 2014, Laughrun is taking the case to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in Raleigh. She argues the injunction is a violation of the defendants' constitutional rights, like freedom of speech and assembly.

Among the injunction's restrictions: known gang members cannot gather in public for their business.

The City is required to respond to the appeal before any rulings are made.

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