Ocala City Council Does Not Repeal Saggy Pants Law, May Decriminalize It
Published August 19th, 2014
OCALA---Ocala's "saggy pants" ordinance is here to stay, for now. City council members said they may decriminalize it but took no further actions to change or repeal the law Tuesday night.
NAACP officials told city council members Tuesday that they will bring legal action against the city if the law is not repealed.
They say it is unconstitutional and targets black men.
But NAACP members say an even bigger issue could arise from the current law.
"They haven't done anything. Basically, they're just dressed in an improper social way and so now, you have reason to, or probable cause to come up to them and start searching them, which will lead to many other things and all we have to do is look at St. Louis," said Rev. Reginald Willis, Sr., Marion Co. NAACP 1st VP.
The potential punishment for having sagging pants on city property could be a $500 fine or jail time.
NAACP members say even if council members decide to keep the law, it needs to be rewritten.
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