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Florida city drops saggin-pants law after NAACP lawsuit

A controversial ban on saggy pants in Ocala City, Florida, has been pulled up after a threatened lawsuit from the civil rights group NACCP.

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The NACCP had criticized the law, which came into effect in July 2014, and said it would take action against the city for unfairly profiling African-American men, according to WKMG radio.

Shortly after the NAACP criticism about the law, Ocala’s mayor declined support for the law and urged the council to reconsider.

In a majority vote on Tuesday, September 16, Ocala City Council members repealed the law, which banned anyone on city property from wearing their pants two inches below the natural waist in a way that exposed their underwear or buttocks. Offenders were to be fined up to $500 and spend time in jail.

The saggy pants ban was introduced by Councilwoman Deborah Rich.

“It’s not true that I did this to profile black men. As you can see, I’ve been black a long time,” said Rich. “I have a black son, I have two black grandsons and two black great-grandsons. So why would I want an ordinance that would hurt them or any other young black person?” reported WUFT.FM

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