Civil rights activists challenge Fla. city's 'saggy pants' ordinance

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:41 PM

OCALA, Fla. (WHAS11) – Civil rights activists in Florida are challenging a new ordinance banning saggy pants.

The NAACP is threatening a possible lawsuit over the matter.

Mayor Kent Guinn, who initially supported the ordinance, is now asking the city council to reconsider it.

The law bans people on city property from wearing pants that fall 2 inches below the waist in a way that shows their underwear.

People who break the law may be fined up to $500 and could face jail time.

Members of the NAACP say the ordinance unfairly targets African-American males.

Some supporters of the law say it promotes respect and good morals.

City council members will have the option of voting to amend or repeal the ordinance at a future meeting.
 

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