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Judge grants injunction against two Visitacion Valley gangs

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A San Francisco judge today granted a preliminary injunction against two gangs in The City's Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera had sought the injunction, claiming the Down Below and Towerside gangs were terrorizing the area, which includes three public housing developments.

The gangs are believed responsible for at least 10 murders in the past three years, according to Herrera.

Herrera has previously secured injunctions against seven other gangs in The City's Bayview and Mission districts and the Western Addition.

The injunctions prohibit "public nuisance" behavior such as intimidation, drug dealing, graffiti vandalism, openly carrying a gun, loitering, trespassing and other gang-related activities.

The Visitacion Valley injunction applies to a 0.18-square-mile "safety zone."

Violations are a misdemeanor and could result in up to six months in jail.

Forty-one adults are named as gang members in the Visitacion Valley injunction.