Flint, Michigan Outlaws Sagging, THANK GOD!

They need to make this a national referendum, send the National Guard into Harlem and spare  us from seeing grown men with their ass out. I wanna see some rapper on the picket lines protesting this one (LMAO)

via RealTalk

Saggers unite: The ACLU wants to talk to you about possibly being part of the first lawsuit of its kind nationally.

Flint Police Chief David Dicks has said he will not back down from his policy of filing disorderly conduct or indecent exposure charges against those whose saggy pants allow too much underwear or their bottoms to show on city streets (see diagram, below).

In response, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Michigan chapter told the Free Press on Monday that it is now looking for targets of the policy to talk with the organization.

“We are confident that young men in Flint will contact us now that the chief has announced that he won’t budge,” Michael J. Steinberg, legal director of the state ACLU, said Monday. “If they do, we’ll sue. We may have the dubious distinction of being the first saggy pants lawsuit in the country.”

The ACLU had set Monday as the deadline for the police chief to halt the Flint police policy of stopping and searching individuals who wear their pants so low their underwear or bottoms show.

Trachelle Young, chief legal officer for the City of Flint, sent Steinberg a letter dated Thursday stating the city was looking into Steinberg’s concerns.

Steinberg said he is particularly troubled by a Free Press video that showed Dicks searching a man wearing a polo shirt over saggy pants.

Despite the ACLU’s threat of a lawsuit, Dicks said Flint police are “going to keep doing what we’re doing.”

“I think people are catching on and pulling up their pants,” the chief said. “I’m getting a lot of support from local parents and churches, and the mayor said he supports me 1,000%.”

Dicks said saggy pants are a crime — a violation of the city’s disorderly conduct ordinance — and exposing the buttocks is indecent exposure. Both crimes are misdemeanors punishable by 93 days to a year in jail and fines of up to $500.

Meanwhile, other cities are covering their behinds as well. Village trustees in the Chicago suburb of Lynwood, Ill., passed an ordinance last week that says people caught exposing 3 inches or more of their underwear will be fined $25.

“We need to stop this offensive and unsanitary behavior,” said Lynwood Mayor Eugene Williams. “We have to be big enough to take the heat. Tell the chief in Flint that I support him, and tell him to hang in there.”

In Riviera Beach, Fla., more than 70% of the community’s voters approved a measure in March that imposes a series of penalties on saggers with each violation. First-time violators face a $150 fine. Third-time offenders could do jail time.

The crackdown has sparked national debate on what constitutes freedom of expression.

5 thoughts on “Flint, Michigan Outlaws Sagging, THANK GOD!


  2. I remember working for a trucking company 10 years ago. Because I did not have any money, just divorced and could only afford one item on the dollar menu, I lost a LOT of weight loading trucks. My pants sagged, but I did not have enough cash to replace my size 36 jeans with the proper 32s. I would have been a criminal in Flint. What a croc.

  3. I think it’s high time that someone takes a stand on ANYONE wearing saggin’ pants. It is not only poor taste, it is indecent! And, if the wearers of such ‘garnments’don’t know that, than they need to be told. It is a disgrace when I see young men, of ANY COLOR, walking around with their underwear and MORE showing. It shows lack of taste as well as lack of consideration of others.
    There has been a campaign against ‘saggin’ in Dallas as well. It is my hope that it catches on, and our young men, OF ANY COLOR, will remember to look like ‘young men’ and not like THUGS!

  4. And another thing: I find funny that this comes out of Michigan where people have bigger problems, like being broke as a motherfucker and cities like Detroit where they have a mayor who buries the dreaded “n-word” on one hand, but cheats on his wife and has dead strippers showing up on his property on the other hand.

  5. Gee, yet another way to unfairly target, harass, and incarcerate young black men.

    I have a question for all those that support this measure:

    Do you truly believe that there is an officer on ANY police force that will take the time to check if a black man is wearing his pants “saggy” or just “baggy”?

    You might think so, but I think history will show those cats can’t even tell the difference between a black wallet and a gun.

    I’ll be the first to say saggy pants are in poor taste, but I will also say it is NOT illegal and I stand by any body’s right to wear their clothes ANY way they’d like as long as they paid for them.

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