September 22, 2014

NAACP says Florida city ordinance on 'saggy pants' targets black men

9-22-2014 Florida:

Civil rights activists in Central Florida are challenging one city's new ordinance banning saggy pants, CNN affiliate WKMG reports. The NAACP is threatening a possible lawsuit over the matter.

The mayor of Ocala who initially supported the ordinance, is now asking the city council to reconsider it.

The law bans people on city property from wearing pants that fall 2-inches below the waist in a way that shows their underwear or buttocks.

People who break the law may be fined up to $500 dollars and could face jail time.

Members of the NAACP's Tallahassee branch say the ordinance unfairly targets black men.

"I'm sorry. It's going to be black males that are going to be the subject of this," Dale Landry, President of NAACP Tallahassee said.

Some supporters of the law say it promotes respect and good morals.

City Council members will have the option of voting to amend or repeal the ordinance at an upcoming meeting. ..Source.. by

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