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Jul 11, 2012 10:35 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Monroe Council Rejects Sagging Pants Ordinance

The Monroe City Council has rejected a proposed ordinance that called for fining people wearing sagging pants.
The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/NnF38v) reports that council members heard testimony Tuesday from residents who supported and opposed the measure before they unanimously voted against it.
A lawyer representing the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana told the council that the proposal is rooted in negative stereotypes about young black men and would lead to selective enforcement and racial profiling.
Council chairman Jay Marx said he only introduced the ordinance to provide a forum for discussion.

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