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NC judge OKs Charlotte gang crackdown with new law

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- A Mecklenburg County judge is the first to use a North Carolina law that forbids members of a street gang from having any contact with each other.

The Charlotte Observer reports Superior Court Judge Richard Boner ordered that members of the Hidden Valley Kings could be charged with a misdemeanor crime if they ride together in a car, or stand, sit, walk or gather with other known gang members in public.

It's the first time the gang-nuisance law that took effect in October is being used.

Police say the Charlotte gang runs a drug ring and has links to violent crime like assaults, robberies and murder.

The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned that labeling someone as a gang member depends on appearance and could lead to racial labeling.

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