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Florida Judge Rules Ban on Baggy Pants Unconstitutional

FL Judge: Droopy Drawers Are a Constitutional Right

In 2008, 72 percent of voters in Riviera Beach, FL, passed a ban on pants that ride below the waist exposing skin or underwear. But wait: turns out loose waistbands are a civil liberty. A judge ruled this week that the ordinance violated the 14th amendment of the constitution, because there was no legitimate government interest in the law regulating style.

The city argued that the ban on saggy pants wasn't based on sartorial concerns, but safety concerns, since residents could hide weapons in their loose-fitting clothes. The judge didn't buy that.

Police in various states around the country have cracked down on baggy pants. In Flint, MI, the new chief announced last year that he would begin arresting people with droopy drawers for indecency and make offenders face a $500 fine and up to three months in jail.

In addition to the judge in Florida, the laws have raised the concerns of the ACLU and the NAACP, which worry about the racial implications. They think the baggy ban has the potential to disproportionately target the black community.


LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 8 years
rediculous... thats all i have to say. its called freedom of expression and everyone is entitled... who cares if you dont like seeing ass crack or boxers. its not your ass being exposed. people just need to learn to leave shit alone.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I agree JaimeLeah that boxer bands show all the time and that's just a given you can't keep the damn things in your pants but (not butt) if your entire ass is hanging out IMO it's a bit much but that's just my fashion opinion. Like I said gov. has no business legislating style but what we can do as a society is answer the cultural trigger that creates such a gangsta/thuggish mentality which is what the gov. is really trying to answer here but in an ass backwards way. We also have to understand the nuances that although the origins of this style may have come out of a gangsta rap culture it has become more main stream, multi ethnic not just African American and is worn now for different reasons no longer just associated with a hard line culture trying to make a statement but maybe as you say simply for comfort.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
My husband wears baggy-er pants because they are more comfortable for him and sometimes his boxers show a little bit. I'll admit that it's not as bad as the guys in the picture but still it most cases it's fine. When you're not at work or trying to impress people I think it's fine. We see women's underwear all the time when they are bending over so why should it be different for guys.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Constitutional right or not, those two look like two frickin' morons.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 8 years
Well if anyone would like a laugh I wrote and entire article about this called "Look! It's a Buttloaf" which you can find thru my profile. Take a peek!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I agree with the Judge government has as much business regulating style as it has regulating our diets even though bad dietary life styles contribute to higher health care costs. In both cases the problem is not the style or the bad diet those are the results of the problem. IMO the problem is the attitude towards self and life. Once again we try to remedy a problem by attacking it from the tail in stead of the head. When are we going to learn that it doesn't work?
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Sorry, I'm a bit of a rambler. :oops:
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
That's funny cheeky! :) I agree with you sidra and anonymous. I hate the look absolutely hate it. I wont allow my daughter to go out like that. However she has the brains to not want to do it anyway. But I've already told her. You can't date a boy like that either. I'm usually pretty open minded about young people expressing themselves but THAT is out of the question! Anyway, yes I agree that the govt shouldn't be in our wardrobe. However, banning indecent exposure IS necessary. So maybe in THAT way saying this particular look is banned might be more justified. I'm usually in the mind of giving the people, business, parents, schools etc. and NOT the govt to say what is acceptable. Finally there's my point. :)
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Wearing your pants in that manner is laughable. Yet, it's one thing to enforce a dress code in schools etc but another to ban a style, because you're afraid of concealed weapons... I don't know about that. So someone wearing more fitted clothing might not be packing? The law shouldn't be able to dictate someone's personal style... People have the right to express their individuality or whatever and... I have the right to mock them. ;)
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 8 years
I have deemed this style to be called "Buttloaf" and my kids and I play the "Find the Buttloaf" game whenever we are in the car. They are everywhere-every nationality-and every age. The ACLU needs to get a grip and focus on REAL problems. If a bunch of idiots want to run around with what looks like a loaf of bread stuffed in their undies then we have a right to point and laugh and we do that every day. Yesterday we saw a Asian, a Hispanic and a Black kid all trying to run and catch the bus--all holding their pants so they wouldn't fall down. Two of them did fall. I hope they broke something---I'd love to see that written down in a medical record: Broken arm from stupid buttloaf pants. Too funny for words.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
It's a stupid style and it just make the people that wear it like that look stupid and ridiculous. If that's the way they want to look, let them. Banning it doesn't make sense, it's just clothes.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
Oh please. This is so ridiculous. It's just clothes.
amofoz amofoz 8 years
Are we really going to cram more people in jail because of a (stupid) fashion choice?? This is why we far surpass any country with the most people incarcerated. Oy!
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Yes, I've seen all races wear this RIDICULOUS way. So stupid. I don't understand how someone would think it's attractive. They look so stupid. What's more is they got this style from convicts! Prisoners don't get belts. Most of the time their pants are too big, hence they look like this. So guys think they'll look like convicts hence they look dangerous. Oh my! How dumb.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
i don't think they are targeting the black community. i live in SoCal and guys of all races wear their pants like that. Thankfully in my area it seems like less guys are wearing their pants like that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Do your pants fall down so that 5 inches of your crack shows? than you wouldnt be under this law. good grief of course there is a "line"
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
At least they have drawers on. It could be so much worse - droopy oversized pants and no drawers to protect your eyes from the heinous buttcrack.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I agree that the style is stupid, but I can't believe somebody actually banned it. Does that mean that when I sit down on a bench and reveal a little panty in the back that I could be arrested?? It's impossible to draw the line on something like that.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
this "style" makes me so angry. PULL UP YOUR PANTS!!!!!!
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
You know, I see people walking around who are grabbing their crotch area to hold their jeans up, or who walk with their hand behind them to hold them up from the fact. Seriously, if you have to keep your pants from falling down, it,s time to get a belt (and wear it where it needs to be worn) or perhaps invest in a pair of different jeans that don't actually need to be held up by anything at all. It's a hazard anywhere -- I mean, God forbid someone jumps over a roller coaster safety gate in the line, and gets their jeans snagged because they sag so far, and end up having a really serious accident. I know falling happens all too often with this epidemic. I don't think you should be arrested, but maybe simply fining someone for being inappropriate is better. In schools this is probably a predominant issue, and where it needs to be cracked on down so at least the kids who come out of the school system can start to dress appropriately.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This makes me cringe. Get a belt!
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