ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An ordinance to make sagging pants illegal in St. Louis received a lukewarm reception at a public hearing Tuesday night.
“The ultimate goal is to try to bring some decency to our community, more respect for the young people, and also help them in their path and journey in life,” Alderwoman Marlene Davis, the bill’s sponsor, argues.
But community members like Kevin Anderson say a law isn’t the best way to achieve that goal.
“Pull them up because you want to pull them up, because, you know, you want to look more presentable, as opposed to doing it because someone made you do it,” he said Tuesday.
Anderson likened the proposed law to the “stop-and-frisk” policy in New York that was recently ruled unconstitutional because it unfairly targeted young black men.
Davis, who is African-American, said that’s not a fair comparison.
“I was out at Maplewood Commons Wal-Mart. I saw a young Indian youth, a young Asian youth; all of them were sagging,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who it is, it just needs to be improved upon.”
The bill still needs approval from an aldermanic committee, the full St. Louis Board of Aldermen, and Mayor Francis Slay before it could become law.