Levette Fuller

SHREVEPORT, La. -- A Shreveport law declaring how to wear your pants may change.

Councilwoman Levette Fuller became interested in the saggy pants ordinance after the death of Anthony Childs.

In February, police attempted to stop Childs for his saggy pants.

He died from a gunshot wound, his own.

The Caddo Parish Coroner ruled his death a suicide.

At this point, it's not clear if councilmembers see eye to eye on repealing the saggy pants law.

Fuller says, for the most part her peers seem to agree with her.

But, Councilman Grayson Boucher worries changing the law could impact how police officers do their jobs.

The ordinance was passed in August of 2007.

It went into effect the next month.

According to our archives, council members were assured it would be enforced by police in a fair and constitutional way.

Boucher wonders if the law really is constitutionally right.

"The first step for me was to talk to police officers, and I did talk to the police chief about this and I don't necessarily want to speak for him, but there is a concern that might take a tool out of the tool belt", said Boucher.

"That in itself concerns me. I've said it several times, I'm the daughter of a retired police officer, I believe that our police officers have enough laws on the books, and enough critical thinking skills that they'll be able to do what they need to do to catch an assailant without having to rely on something like this," said Fuller.

On Friday, a proposed ordinance to reverse the law will be read at a council work session.

The new legislation will be on Tuesday's city council agenda.

The second reading and possible passage of the appeal will be June 11th.

Since September of 2007 until April 27th of this year, 726 people faced charges for wearing their pants below their waists.


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