A small town at the bottom of Louisiana is telling its residents to please, for the sake of "safety, health, and good order," cover their
" ordinance likely soon adopted by Terrebonne Parish, just south of New Orleans, would punish droopy pants-wearers with a $50 fine for a first offense, $100 for a second infraction, and $100 again, plus community service, for a third violation. The town council's vice chairman, Russell Hornsby, believes
the ordinance will send a message that some behavior simply won't be tolerated, and that at some point in the future, "If it's not doing any good , we'll get rid of it." The law still needs the signature of Parish President Michel Claudet before it goes in to effect.
The youth director for the local chapter of the NAACP spoke in defense of the plan at a recent public hearing: "We (are) here tonight to try and put a stop to this thing and let these boys and girls look decent."
The ACLU of Louisiana, however, is pushing back:
"To ban a clothing style would violate a liberty interest guaranteed under the 14th Amendment," said the organization in a letter to town officials. "The government does not belong in the business of telling people what to wear."
Via the New York Daily News and WWL-TV