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Low-hanging pants illegal in Iberville beginning next week

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Posted: Mar 18, 2014 7:15 PM by Trey Schmaltz, Brittany Weiss
Updated: Mar 18, 2014 10:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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PLAQUEMINE - Despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union about doing so, the Iberville Parish Council approved a ban on sagging pants Tuesday night.

The move outlaws pants that hang too low, revealing underwear.

"I don't think that anybody should have to go to a store, or anywhere in this parish, and look at sagging pants where the undergarment is showing," councilman Louis "Pete" Kelley, who pushed for the law, recently told WBRZ News 2.

The ACLU says by telling people how to dress, the parish is violating people's rights.

"If it's the land of the free, then people should be able to be free and do what they want," said Percy Bernard of Plaquemine. "As long as they're not killing no one, beating no one up, harming no one, I don't see any harm in it."

"Freedom of choice, that's the way they choose to dress," said Morticia Pierce. "Even though it does aggravate a lot of people."

ACLU's letter went on to say the parish has no "legitimate rational basis for regulating the attire of its residents," and would "inevitably raise questions about racial profiling."

After Tuesday's vote, Kelley said that's not the case.

"It's nothing about black and white, it's about doing what's right," he said.

There was only one opposing vote to the new law. Sal Butler says, "saggy pants are a form of expression."

Those caught wearing saggy pants could be fined $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second and $100 plus community service for a third infraction. Other infractions will be determined by a judge.

The law will go into effect next Friday.

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