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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
Crime & Courts

Ocala officials seek repeal of ‘saggy pants’ ban


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Two Ocala officials want to repeal the city’s so-called “saggy pants ban,” an ordinance that prohibits anyone on city property from wearing pants that sag well below the waistline and expose undergarments.

The councilmen, Jim Hilty and Brent Malever, initially voted for the ban, but now say it’s too ambiguous to enforce. The mayor has called for a special meeting on Tuesday to address the issue.

The ordinance, proposed by Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich, has come under fire from the NAACP and others who say it targets young black men.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Rich, who is black, denied the law targets any one group and says the saggy pants are disrespectful.

Violators can be fined up to $500 and spend up to 60 days in jail.

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