Atlanta Councilmen Propose Sagging Pants Ordinance

Atlanta soon could be the latest city to outlaw sagging pants.

Two young men with low-slung, baggy jeans walk in Trenton, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007. Wearing your pants low enough to show your boxers or bare buttocks in a small town in Louisiana could get you six months in jail and a $500 fine and Trenton is considering a law, where a first bust for low-riding trousers could soon mean an assessment by a city worker on where your life is going. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta soon could be the latest city to outlaw sagging pants.

The City Council is set to consider the issue at its Monday meeting. Council members C.T. Martin, Ceasar Mitchell and Lamar Willis are proposing the new law, which would "make it illegal to expose one's undergarments in a public setting."

The measure would be included in an ordinance already on the books which bans simulated acts of intercourse and exposing or touching one's genitals or breasts.

If approved, anyone found in violation of the rule could be fined up to $100 and given eight hours of "work on the public streets of the city."

Proponents have called the issue "an epidemic." Critics say the law unfairly targets youths of color.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Gene Location: Alabama on Jan 6, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    While there are 'youths of color' wearing the baggy, saggy pants, I have also seen a number of Caucasian youth wearing the same type garment. They wear the pants so low the have to walk 'spraddle-legged' and hold onto the pants, to keep them from falling completely off. This is very offensive! More offensive than for women/girls to go around completely with only a bra for a top.
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