Last Modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:29 AM
JENNINGS — The Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday making it illegal for any person to appear in a public place wearing pants below the waist and exposing the skin or undergarments.
Police Juror Steve Eastman initially asked the panel to consider banning saggy pants at the parish courthouse in January in response to courthouse employees’ complaints about having to see people’s underwear and body parts.
Police Juror Bryon Buller took the suggestion a step further and asked the panel to consider making it illegal for anyone to show their undergarments in public to limit indecent and lewd behavior.
“The guards that check people going into the courthouse complained about people coming into the courthouse dressed like that,” Eastman said.
“I was always told when you go to the court you dress appropriately; you don’t show up with holes in your pants or your pants down,” he said. “You should be respectful of the courtroom.”
Those violating the law face a $50 fine for the first offense and a $100 fine for each subsequent violation.
Many municipalities, including Merryville, Kinder, Elton, Welsh and Opelousas, have passed similar measures.
Posted By: davidj On: 3/27/2014
Title: if they only realized
this look started in prisons as a signal an inmate was available.
Posted By: Doug On: 3/27/2014
I generally do not support government intruding into personal lives, but this is great news. And if the youngsters are under age, their parents should have to pay.
Posted By: zieg On: 3/27/2014
Title: tired of this
Because we need more government intervention, now telling you what you can and cannot wear.
If you want to sag, look like an idiot and do it.
Posted By: willie etlinger On: 3/27/2014
If they had to wear this because they did not have money to purchase something better looking they would cry for a week. Maybe they are trying out for a boxer shorts commercial.