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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some Wilmington City Council members are questioning how successful an ordinance banning known gang members from parks will be.

Their first concern: is it constitutional? The second: isn’t it just moving gang members to other areas of the city?

Wilmington’s police chief says officers have to start somewhere, and getting gang members out of parks will give cops a jump on crime.

“It’ll give us a tool,” Chief Ralph Evangelous said. “We’ve had incidents in the past of groups of gang members being there and criminal activity occurred. So what did we do? We responded after the crime. This will allow us to be able to respond before the crime occurs and hopefully stop it from occuring.”

Wilmington would be the first city in the state to adopt such an ordinance.

It goes before city council tomorrow night.

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