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Hinds Supervisors Reject Baggy Pants Ban

Posted by WCBI News Director | August 20, 2012 / 12:17pm | Local News
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted down a saggy pants ban ordinance Monday in a 3-2 vote.

The proposed ordinance outlawing saggy pants and making it a misdemeanor offense was proposed by Supervisor Kenneth Stokes, who says youth who wear them stand a lesser chance of finding employment and are not being respectful.

Stokes and Supervisor Doug Anderson voted for the measure. Three other board members voted against it.

Opponents of the ordinance have said it amounts to racial profiling, violates the Constitution and creates a fashion police force that has bigger crimes to chase.

Board of Supervisors attorney Crystal Martin has said the ordinance could apply not just to unincorporated Hinds County, but cities throughout the county.
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