Pikeville Mayor Phil Cagle has created a new city ordinance that bans anyone from wearing their pants “more than three inches below the top of the hips.”
The Tennessee Mayor says anyone violating the new ordinance will be fined for public indecency with a $25 fine for first offenders and $50 fine for repeat offenders.
Some towns in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi have created similar laws and ordinances.
Cagle says “all I know is we just don’t want them running around half-naked on our streets. That’s the bottom line. Myself and the City Council, we wanted an ordinance passed in black and white that our officers know what to tolerate and what not to tolerate. Now they know what we expect, and they know how to handle it.”
He says the ordinance was passed out of health concerns. The ordinance itself states “there is evidence that indicates that wearing sagging pants is injurious to the health of the wearer as it causes improper gait.”
Even President Obama has slammed the unfortunate sagging pants fashion trend, 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.”
The law does have its critics, though, as civil liberty groups say such bans violate the Fourteenth Amendment though that Amendment states that no person should be denied equal protection of the law and it’s unclear how that applies to these cases.