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Lawsuit claims California surfer gang tries to block visitors

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PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers say there's a growing list of people who want to join a proposed class-action lawsuit that claims local surfers have used violence and intimidation to protect their Southern California surf spot from intrusion by outsiders.

The lawsuit filed last week asks a federal judge to prevent the group of surfers known as the Lunada Bay Boys from congregating at beaches in wealthy Palos Verdes Estates south of Los Angeles.

Authorities have been accused of looking the other way as the gang threatened outsiders, tossed rocks at them and vandalized their cars.

Attorney Kurt Franklin tells the Daily News that his firm has received dozens of calls and emails from people who say they've experienced harassment at the surf spot.

The suit targets the city, its police chief and eight alleged Bay Boys.

City officials haven't commented.

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