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Metro Files Lawsuit Against Accused Gang Members

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro's legal department has filed a lawsuit against the Kurdish Pride Gang and several of their alleged members, asking that they be declared a public nuisance.

Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, and other local leaders made the announcement at a news conference at Paragon Mills Park Tuesday morning.

"We are here today to announce an aggressive new step to alleviate gang activity here in south Nashville," said Mayor Karl Dean.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said the gang has a pattern of vandalism, assaults, gun possession, threatening police officers and witness intimidation going back to 2007.

"Our work on public safety is never done," Dean continued. "Everyone deserves to feel safe in their neighborhood and community, especially in public parks."

The lawsuit would ban 24 alleged members from Paragon Mills Park, Providence Park, and seeks to prohibit them from meeting with each other in a 1.43-square-mile area south of downtown Nashville.

Mayor Dean said it is the first time that a local government has sought to have alleged members declared a public nuisance since criminal gang behavior was added to the state's public nuisance law in 2009.

The individuals will be served summonses to appear in court.

The gang is made up of young Kurds whose families came to Middle Tennessee as refugees.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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