Crowley becomes latest city to adopt ‘Saggy Pants Ordinance’

Crowley becomes latest city to adopt ‘Saggy Pants Ordinance’
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POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:05pm

Residents of Crowley beware: your sense of “fashion” could get you in trouble with the law.

As of midnight on Friday, Sept. 13, law enforcement will not hesitate to issue a citation to those who are in violation of the new “Saggy Pants Ordinance.” Those who break this controversial law will face a possible fine of $200, or a prison sentence up to 60 days.

“The wearing of sagging outer clothing below the waist exposing the undergarments of the wearer has become a public nuisance…,” states the ordinance. “The practice of wearing outer clothing sagging below the waist is not identified or associated with free speech or expression or serves a public purpose…”

If you want to wear your pants low, you’re going to have to do it at home under the cover of darkness with the blinds to your window closed, according to the new law.

“Any place, parcel, site, lot, tract, servitude, right of way or property, whether publicly or privately owned, which is accessible and open to the public at any time for any purpose whatsoever and shall include any part of private property or private residences which may be openly viewed from other property and there is no reasonable expectation of privacy,” the law states.

Similar laws have been passed in cities across the nation, including several locations throughout Louisiana. Prior to Crowley, Terrebonne Parish adopted the ordinance, but received some criticism from the New Orleans chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU protested the ordinance stating that it could lead to racial profiling. The organization argued that the clothing style is typically associated with young African-American males, and the enforcement of the law would be disproportionately target a particular group of people as a way of being singled out by law enforcement.

Despite opposition, Terrebonne Parish adopted the law, which was passed back in April 2013.

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Wow! While I dislike the fashion as well, I just wonder if people are smart enough to realize that yet another right has been denied us and that yet another freedom is lost. The people who participated in passing this law are as ignorant and selfish as the people who the law was set for. America is not the land of the free and that's because we keep making these idiotic laws that only make us less and less free. Thank god I don't live in the south..

WOW is right, while I appreciate your point of view, why is it ok for our young people to sport this trend, that is getting worse? They are wearing them so low now it is under the butt cheek. At this point why bother to put any pants on at all. And let's not forget the health issue they will experience - each of them will have major hip issues as they age.

Is there something wrong with asking our young people to respect their self as well as others?

Food for thought??

I believe that the young African-American males that want to show their underclothes to the world should do it behind closed doors. The only statement they are making is, "look at how dumb I am. I don't know how to pull up my pants." They think they are making a statement, but they really aren't. A law is a law and needs to be followed no matter who you are, black, white, asian, etc. Saggy pants shows no respect for yourself or any one else.

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