Local police jurors unanimously passed an ordinance recently making it illegal for any person to appear in a public place wearing pants below the waist and exposing their skin or undergarments.
Police Juror Steve Eastman said saggy pants have been a long-running problem in the parish.
‘I had complaints from security guards around the courthouse that there was issues with people not being respectfully dressed in the courtroom area'.
‘So initially I was going to be for on the courthouse grounds, and the other jurors felt that it was important parish-wide.’
Those violating the law face a $50 fine for the first offense and a $100 fine for each subsequent violation.
President Obama spoke out against the look in 2008, saying: ‘Brothers should pull up their pants.
‘You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on. Some people might not want to see your underwear. I’m one of them.’
Similar laws have been enacted in communities around the country, including Wildwood, New Jersey, and Cocoa, Florida.
Civil Liberties groups have in the past argued that such bans are ‘unconstitutional’ under the 14th Amendment, which says no citizen should be deprived of ‘life, liberty or property’ and no person should be denied equal protection of the law.
But there is something to be said for public decency, and it seems at times as if Civil Liberties groups take too much liberty in reference to what rights they decide to defend. As an American I have the right to take my 7 year old daughter out without her having to see the crack of somebody's behind.
A number of other Louisiana municipalities, including Merryville, Kinder, Elton, Welsh and Opelousas, have already passed similar measures. I Hope that this practice spreads across the country. No one should be allowed to intentionally expose themselves. But unfortunately common sense is not that common.