June 29th, 2008 16:36 EST
93 Days In Jail For Wearing Baggy, Saggy Pants
"On Thursday, Flint police chief David Dicks released a memo that Flint will be the latest city to campaign against pants that slip below waistlines. Anyone wearing pants or shorts that expose their buttocks can be arrested for indecent exposure, according to the memo.
According to Dicks, those who reveal their underwear and dress in this manner as a form of `self expression` are no longer practicing free speech.
A misdemeanor offense will be given out to anyone caught abusing the saggy pants ordinance, punishable by 93 days to a year in jail and/or $500 fine.
Quotation from WNEM.Com."
Young men who wear baggy pants that slip below their waistlines are aesthetically-challenged, and they should be ridiculed and scorned by the mythical fashion police.
But the real police should crack down on real crime, and not waste time and taxpayers` money arresting kids with saggy pants.
I have never seen a young man with baggy pants that exposed his buttocks, the point is to expose your cool boxers, not your ass.
Although teens of all ethnicities favor the "sagging pants" look, it got its start in the African American community. The police should refrain from all appearance of targeting a specific race for arrest and prosecution. I wonder if the Flint police will also arrest pot-bellied white plumbers who expose their rear ends while fixing a toilet?
As long as they are not exposing themselves, kids should be allowed to dress according to the dictates of the latest fashion. In the 70s, I sported striped bell bottoms, a shirt open to my navel and 5-inch platform shoes; if anybody should have been arrested, it should have been me.
WNEM quotes a young lady expressing her support for baggy saggy pants:
"We ain`t never heard someone got shot because they pants were sagging."
Nobody should be arrested for wearing saggy pants, but that young girl should be thrown in jail for abusing the King`s English.