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Yakima City Council Passes Gang Ordinance

Yakima, WA - This morning, Yakima City Council passed a gang ordinance making gang activity illegal in the city of Yakima.

This was the second time city council voted on the proposed ordinance this week.

Tuesday, city council members voted in favor of the anti-gang ordinance, but proper procedure was not followed and the vote was stricken from record.

Problems arose when Yakima decided to abandon their own gang ordinance presented by city attorneys, and instead, aim to adopt Sunnyside's harsher law for gang activity.

Under the ordinance, defendants may serve up to a year in jail for gang-related intimidation or being in a criminal gang, among other offenses.

Parents may also be fined up to $1,000 for allowing their children to join gangs or failing to stop kids from engaging in gang activity.

KNDO will have more information in your local 5 o'clock newscasts including an outline of the ordinace, police reaction, and the reaction from the American Civil Liberties Union.