Judge rules Kurdish Pride gang members are public nuisance

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:04pm

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.

11 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 3/22/13 at 11:28

More hope and change. Those Kurds (all legal, of course) respect the Rule of Law......NOT!

By: courier37027 on 3/22/13 at 1:49

Catholic Bishop David Choby was quick to defend and promote immigrants. Lots of finger wagging and pomp in that video, Bishop. Will you defend this gang?

By: TITAN1 on 3/22/13 at 2:04

I don't see how anyone can defend gangs. Sure, you hope someone can get through to them, but many of them are brainwashed and really think they are right in their actions.

By: Rasputin72 on 3/22/13 at 8:56

I was told that in Iraq the Kurds are considered an underclass society. I think at one time the United States considered some people

Today in America 47% of Americans live off the taxation of 1% of Americans.

I would guess that the Kurdish Pride are part of that 47%

By: bfra on 3/23/13 at 12:28

Raspy since you live off of low esteemed women, what % do you fall in?

By: Ask01 on 3/24/13 at 7:45

With the addition of this "tool in the toolbox," perhaps MNPD could also institute foot patrols through high crime areas to get officers out among potential troublemakers.

The increased presence and accessability of law enforcement might deter some of the criminal element and provide hope for those innocents living in fear of the gang members in their midst.

This would seem a logical step in combatting crime.

By: yucchhii on 3/25/13 at 10:14

Why just the kurdish gangs? Are we playing favorites? What's wrong with picking on ALL gangs? They're "ALL" nusinceses!!! What NEEDS to be done is to round up "ALL" gang members and wanna be's (Especially those who advertise that they want to be TAGGED by wearing their pants below their ass) they all need to be locked into a giant STEEL WALLED room where the doors have NO way to open from the inside. Flip a swtich that will reveal compartment with an OVERSTOCK of automatic weapons and ammo. The doors DON'T open till ALL inside are DEAD!!! Vhualla, NO MOE GANGS!!!

By: TITAN1 on 3/25/13 at 11:57

They are wanting to target all gangs, but in the Paragon Mills area, the Kurdish gangs are the problem.

By: Jughead on 3/25/13 at 12:04

Kurds don't get their way.

By: whitegravy on 3/25/13 at 1:15

making LARGER gangs a public nuisance will have zero affect.....some gangs are nation/worldwide.......our prisons attest to that.......but is this a minor victory for law enforcement?.......time will tell....let us hope and PRAY, and chalk up one for the good guys

By: yucchhii on 3/26/13 at 10:10

And gangs are not a problem anywhere else?