Florida city repeals ‘saggy pants’ ban that targeted black men

Florida city repeals ‘saggy pants’ ban that targeted black men


They’re leaving the past behind.

A city in south Florida has overturned its “saggy pants” ban from 2007, with officials saying it disproportionately targeted black men.

The City Commission in Opa-locka voted 4-1 Wednesday to repeal the legislation affecting men, as well as a 2013 ordinance that said women could also be subjected to a civil citation for wearing pants that exposed their underwear, the Miami Herald reported.

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“I was never in support of it, even as a resident,” Vice Mayor Chris Davis, who sponsored the repeal, told the Herald. “I felt it disproportionately affected a certain segment of our population, which is young, African-American men.”

The repeal has to be approved again at a subsequent commission meeting before it’s official. But the first reading was co-sponsored by four of five commissioners, the paper noted.

Signs are still posted around the city, northwest of Miami, warning people of the ordinance that “bans the wearing of saggy pants apparel in

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