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ACLU plans protest against Hinds “sagging pants” law

August 3, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union will not be outside of any Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Hinds County this week.
The famous civil liberties watchdog group will be focusing its attentions on Hinds’ recent ordinance making it illegal for individuals to wear sagging pants.
The ACLU claims that the laws and others like it unfairly target black men and it says that the law is a violation of freedom of expression.
Recently the West Point Police Department drew up a proposal for the city for a law just like the ones passed in Columbus and Fulton nearby. Numerous other municipalities have passed the laws as well.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that he does not agree with the ACLU’s interoperation of the law when it comes to race.
“There are more than just black males doing it,” Brinkley said. “You don’t have to be black to sag.”
Brinkley says that if the laws in neighboring cities are deemed unconstitutional then the city will have no choice but to abandon the law, but if the court does not rule on it the WPPD will proceed as usual.
Brinkley also said that state statutes address “indecency laws” which in his opinion sagging pants fall under. He said that most municipalities just want to be clear with their citizens on where to draw the line.
The Daily Times Leader has posted a web poll asking citizens to weigh in on how they feel about the issue, and of 108 votes so far, 89 percent are in favor of the law to ban sagging pants.

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