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Harris county war on gangs from the court room

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This part of Houston is considered the 'Brays Oaks safe zone' but those who live there will say it's anything but safe. They say it's an area filled with gangs...real gangs like Bloods and crips.

Walter Rios says, "I've seen a lot but I really don't talk to them because I don't like gangsters."

Rios says gangs have stabbed and tried to recruit his friend. That's why he's glad to see action. The Harris County attorney has filed a lawsuit against 16 identified gang members. They wouldn't be allowed to return to the Brays Oaks safe zone again under a court order.

"Because there are little kids around and they're surrounded by gangsters and that's not good because little kids they're gonna do that when they grow too," says Rios.

You may be wondering why these gang members would care if there is a piece of paper stating they are banned from Brays Oaks. County attorney Vince Ryan says that piece of paper carries a lot of weight even with hardened gang members. Those who have in many instances tagged themselves with identifying tatts like these.

Ryan says, "they would be guilty of trespassing....so if any peace officer sees them in that area they can be arrested."

This civil action of filing lawsuits against gangs is becoming a tool in Harris County. Suits have been filed against apartment complexes where gangs are located and corner stores accused of allowing them to deal their drugs.

"So that's what we hope that these gangs...won't be able to go in this area, " says Ryan.

The injunction against the gang members in Brays Oaks is welcomed news to some...People who say they'd like to see their drug and violence filled neighborhood restored to a community once again...a place of families, daycares, and grade schools.

Eriksson Sanford says, "I think if they do pursue it and it does work out...there's so many of them I don't know if it will work at all."

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