CHICAGO (AP) — One northeast Illinois city is squaring off against a street gang — in civil court.
The Kane County state's attorney's office announced Tuesday it's filed a lawsuit on the city of Elgin's behalf naming the Maniac Latin Disciples and 25 gang members.
It seeks a court order barring members from associating with each other or wearing gang signs, including hats with the letter 'D.'
Prosecutors typically pursue gangs using criminal drug and gun laws. But Elgin is deploying Illinois' 1993 Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act. It's designed to thwart gangs via civil court injunctions.
Kane County has used it twice before. Several other counties have used it, too.
Civil cases require a lower threshold of proof. Defense attorneys say the civil law amounts to a backdoor to curtail someone's rights.
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