Sagging is now banned in Caddo Parish
Sagging will now get you a fine in Caddo Parish. Commissioners passed an ordinance Thursday prohibiting the wearing of pants below the waist, exposing skin or undergarments. The North Louisiana ACLU isn't happy with the ordinance. Spokesperson Deborah Allen says the ordinance violates the first amendment by limiting self expression. She says the ACLU also believes the law will lead to discrimination.
"The ACLU feels that this ordinance is racial profiling," Allen said. "It will target certain individuals, young men of color."
Commissioner Michael Williams brought the ordinance to the floor. He says the sheriff's office will use its own discretion to determine a violation.
"All young men in this generation sag," Williams said. "But we need to find an alternative to sagging."
Williams says the ordinance is to raise standards and encourage young people to straighten up.
"Today, it's sagging and pajamas," he said. "Tomorrow, Victoria's Secret is going public. Next, we'll be walking around naked. So, we need to pivot this country.Do it through church, law enforcement, and education."
The ACLU says they'll keep an eye on how the ordinance is enforced.
The fine for sagging has been set at $100 but will increase with more offenses. The parish's ordinance mirrors that of Shreveport's, which has been in the books for some time.
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