More than nine months after Metro filed a civil suit against Kurdish Pride Gang members, Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier ruled on March 18 that 14 KPG members fell within the definition of a public nuisance.
The nuisance declaration, which comes in the form of an permanent injunction, prohibits Kurdish Pride members from associating with each other in certain areas — specifically, Paragon Mills Park in South Nashville.
Metro officials said last June the suit was utilized as one of the “tools in the toolbox” to combat gang activity in the area.
Metro Nashville Police Department detectives presented evidence to prove that each of the defendants were involved in criminal gang activity, according to a criminal court order. That evidence included photographs of the men wearing gang colors, displaying gang signs and congregating together.
Some gang members admitted to police they were part of the gang, according to the court order.
MNPD initially targeted 22 alleged gang members in court, but eight of them never responded to the petition, MNPD spokesman Don Aaron said.