CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thursday morning, the members of the Hidden Valley Kings were in a Mecklenburg County Courtroom fighting a civil injunction.
It’s a new tactic in the war against gang violence, one that has never been tried in North Carolina before.
“What I hope it means for the folks in Hidden Valley is they get to breathe a little easier, and they understand that people are watching and making sure that people can get out in their neighborhood,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Attorney Mark Newbold.
Judge Richard Bonner granted the injunction. Several alleged gang members were in court and they denied being involved.
"When the Hidden Valley Kings were taken out of Hidden Valley, this boy was 13 years old he didn't know a thing about it," said Wendell McCain Sr., who defended his son.
Wendell Jr. is one of the people named in the injunction along with Cordell Blair. They claim to own a Record Company called ICEE-MONEY.
“I’ve never been the leader of any gang, I encourage kids to do good, stay in school and do something positive with your life,” said Blair.
The injunction is designed to stop alleged gang members from hanging out with each other and doing gang business, like selling drugs, committing robberies and defending their turf.
McCain and Blair told reporters that they did not own and weapons, never used any, and have never robbed anybody.
“The only charge I ever had was possession of marijuana, never had any violent crimes,” said Wendell McCain Jr.
Newbold said the rap videos produced by the alleged gang speak for themselves. "It's an admission and a way to intimidate, coerce and bring people into the gang. I don't believe a word he says," said the attorney.
Several additional hearings are expected in the process, but officers should be able to use their new powers against the gang almost immediately.