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Extra Point
07-18-2008, 12:49 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/id/146803?GT1=43002

Fashion Police: Flint Cracks Down on Sagging
Some people call it a fad. But for the city of Flint, Mich., that urban style known as 'sagging' is now a criminal offense.

By Jessica Bennett and Mary Chapman | Newsweek Web Exclusive
Jul 18, 2008 | Updated: 9:16 a.m. ET Jul 18, 2008

Flint (Michigan) American Civil Liberties Union See All
It's 90 degrees in downtown Flint, Mich., and Jayson Miguel is shirtless, in a pair of gray sweatpants. He's hanging out, minding his own business—and breaking the law. It's not that he's loitering (he's on his way to meet a friend). It's his pants: they're hanging off his hips, below his butt to reveal a pair of gray boxer shorts. "I've been sagging since the fourth grade," the 28-year-old says. "I'll be sagging when I'm old and gray."

Young people call this unkempt look a fashion choice. But for David Dicks, Flint's new police chief, it's a national nuisance. Dicks has ordered his officers to start arresting "saggers," as some aficionados of this sartorial style call themselves, on sight, threatening them with jail time and hefty fines for a fad he calls "immoral self expression." He later told a local paper the style could give officers probable cause to search saggers.

It's a move other municipalities have tried before on a style that's been around for decades. But Dicks, who took over the department on an interim basis last month, has employed a particularly harsh approach—one that some critics are calling downright illegal. So far, Dicks has only issued warnings to saggers, but he's made it clear that anyone with pants below the butt—whether or not they've got boxers underneath—is violating the city's disorderly conduct code, punishable by 93 days to a year in jail and fines of up to $500. "Everybody's talking about it," says Tonio Watkins, 18, a local high-school student. "I don't like what they're doing. I've been dressing like this my whole life."

The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union doesn't like it, either—and has given Dicks an ultimatum: stop the policy or face a court battle. They say Dicks is taking the law into his own hands, and violating citizens' freedom of expression in the process. Sagging to show boxer shorts doesn't even violate the city's conduct policy, they say—which states a person must have "open exposure" of the "genitals (Johnsons fighting Dicks?), pubic area [or] buttocks" to be considered disorderly. "Under no stretch of the imagination does wearing saggy pants that reveal the top of one's boxer shorts violate the Flint disorderly conduct ordinance," says attorney Greg Gibbs, the president of the Flint chapter of the ACLU. "This man has basically taken his personal dislike of a style of dress and made it a violation of criminal law." Gibbs says the chapter will act after Monday if Dicks doesn't change the policy. The police chief declined an interview request from NEWSWEEK.

In the meantime, residents like Miguel—who, at 6-foot-3, wears a size 3XL in sweatpants—are just plain confused. Sagging has been around for decades. Why outlaw it now? "I think it's an opportunity to harass, to be honest," says Miguel. The ACLU worries about that, too: it's no secret sagging is a style long popular with men of color. Last week, a Flint police officer called into a local radio station to say that officers were already using the policy as a way to profile minorities. (Chief Dicks is himself African-American.)

Critics also say the Flint police department has bigger issues to worry about. A 2007 report by Congressional Quarterly ranked the city (population 120,000) the third most dangerous in America. It recently laid off 48 officers and closed the city jail because of budget constraints. With a climate like that, why allocate resources to a bunch of kids who have an aversion to belts? "Clearly there are more important things going on in Flint," says Todd Boyd, a cultural critic at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The origins of sagging may be what's motivating Dicks. Long popular with the hip-hop set, sagging is in part a relic of prison culture: inmates sagged because they weren't allowed belts. To some, the style references a gangster lifestyle—a symbol of disrespect for authority. "I don't understand why parents let their kids out of their sight like that," said 81-year-old Minnie Boyd (no relation to Todd Boyd), shaking her head as she exited a Flint hair salon. "Who in the world wants to see a butt in public?"

But sagging's origins came partly out of practicality, too. In the 1980s, long before labels like Sean Jean and Rocawear catered to black men, the jeans of popular designers like Tommy Hilfiger were made too narrow for the black male body, says Professor Boyd of USC. So people started buying jeans two or three sizes too big, and—voila!—a style was born. Even Miguel says his sagging was a product of necessity: his mom couldn't always afford new clothes, so he'd inherit oversize hand-me-downs from his older brother. "Of course they were too big," he says.

Today, Miguel sags because it's "cool, hip"—but insists it's not a commentary on his way of life. "Hip-hop has been around for a long time now, and there are some things about the culture that have just become commonplace," says professor Boyd. "You're not making a big statement by sagging." As Miguel puts it: "It's just a style, man." And hopefully not a criminal offense.

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Would the KC area have the guts to do this?

Fairplay
07-18-2008, 12:59 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/id/146803?GT1=43002


The origins of sagging may be what's motivating Dicks.



:eek:

Demonpenz
07-18-2008, 01:00 PM
I wonder if you would get in trouble for just wearing boxers.

beach tribe
07-18-2008, 01:06 PM
I think sagging has got to be the dumbest looking fashion ever, that said this law is total BS. Is this not unconstitutional? I don't know shit about our rights. I'm just asking.

RedNeckRaider
07-18-2008, 01:06 PM
If the ACLU is against it then I am for it :thumb:

Adept Havelock
07-18-2008, 01:09 PM
One of the few things that is more moronic than "sagging" is attempting to criminalize it.

beach tribe
07-18-2008, 01:10 PM
One of the few things that is more moronic than "sagging" is attempting to criminalize it.

Agreed.

RedNeckRaider
07-18-2008, 01:14 PM
One of the few things that is more moronic than "sagging" is attempting to criminalize it.

True I think it looks stupid, but to outlaw it is well...stupid. Although if the ACLU sticks their nose in it....forget the first part of my post I will throw my full support to Chief Dicks!

AustinChief
07-18-2008, 01:26 PM
Christ, just beat the stupid ****wads... no need to make it "illegal"... and while at it, beat the idiots who can't figure out how to wear a god damn ballcap. the BILL GOES IN FRONT ****STICK!

Skip Towne
07-18-2008, 01:29 PM
Christ, just beat the stupid ****wads... no need to make it "illegal"... and while at it, beat the idiots who can't figure out how to wear a god damn ballcap. the BILL GOES IN FRONT ****STICK!

Well, yeah, except for welders and catchers.

RedNeckRaider
07-18-2008, 01:30 PM
Christ, just beat the stupid ****wads... no need to make it "illegal"... and while at it, beat the idiots who can't figure out how to wear a god damn ballcap. the BILL GOES IN FRONT ****STICK!

ROFL quit making me read between the damn lines! Just spit it what you are trying to say!

Adept Havelock
07-18-2008, 01:34 PM
True I think it looks stupid, but to outlaw it is well...stupid. Although if the ACLU sticks their nose in it....forget the first part of my post I will throw my full support to Chief Dicks!

So you switch your ideals of what it is appropriate for the government to regulate based solely upon the actions or endorsements of a third party? :spock:

That's slightly more ignorant that attempting to criminalize an ignorant "fashion" choice, IMNSHO.

StcChief
07-18-2008, 01:35 PM
Christ, just beat the stupid ****wads... no need to make it "illegal"... and while at it, beat the idiots who can't figure out how to wear a god damn ballcap. the BILL GOES IN FRONT ****STICK!
but.... I wanna drop my IQ 50 points and that's my look.

RedNeckRaider
07-18-2008, 01:37 PM
So you switch your ideals of what it is appropriate for the government to regulate based upon the actions of a third party? :spock:

That's only slightly more ignorant that attempting to criminalize an ignorant "fashion" choice. :shake:

It was a failed attempt a humor and a shot at the ACLU which I am against on most everything :)

Adept Havelock
07-18-2008, 01:38 PM
It was a failed attempt a humor and a shot at the ACLU which I am against on most everything :)


"I'm agin' it! Unless they-uns iz agin' it. Then I'm for it!"

An interesting thought process, to be sure. :shake:

RedNeckRaider
07-18-2008, 01:43 PM
"I'm agin' it! Unless they-uns iz agin' it. Then I'm for it!" Interesting thought process. :shake:

I do not care to make this a DC thing and it would take a long time to list the things I do not agree with ACLU on. It was a joke and no I dont use the thought process you think. If I some how offended you it was not my intent :rolleyes:

Frazod
07-18-2008, 01:47 PM
Ever watch one of those dumbasses try to run? Legs bowed, tripping over the cuffs, one hand mashed into his crotch trying to hold the pants up. It would be pathetic if it wasn't so funny. LMAO

HC_Chief
07-18-2008, 01:48 PM
One of the few things that is more moronic than "sagging" is attempting to criminalize it.

Thread closed.

Adept Havelock
07-18-2008, 01:50 PM
I do not care to make this a DC thing and it would take a long time to list the things I do not agree with ACLU on. It was a joke and no I dont use the thought process you think. If I some how offended you it was not my intent :rolleyes:

I'm not offended. I simply found it an interesting thought process.

Your attempt at humor is duly noted.

Ever watch one of those dumbasses try to run? Legs bowed, tripping over the cuffs, one hand mashed into his crotch trying to hold the pants up. It would be pathetic if it wasn't so funny. LMAO


Yes. I saw one running from a cop when I was out at Ward Parkway one Friday night a few months ago. Dumb kid came around the corner, tripped on his own cuffs, and took a spill right into a display. Now that was some quality humor. I laughed my ass off when the cop said "Maybe if you had pulled up your pants you might have gotten away". LMAO

SPATCH
07-18-2008, 02:07 PM
its really not even fashionable anymore... especially outside of hip-hop culture...

and even the waistbands in hip-hop culture are becoming tighter now-a-days...

it's really a 90's thing, and it's dying off pretty quick now

kanye

http://www.lgactionsports.com/2007/events/asc/images/KanyeWest-300.jpg

even 50 cent

http://www.50cent-online.com/maniacs/50-cent-on-stage.jpg

RedNeckRaider
07-18-2008, 02:10 PM
its really not even fashionable anymore... especially outside of hip-hop culture...

and even the waistbands in hip-hop culture are becoming tighter now-a-days...

it's really a 90's thing, and it's dying off pretty quick now

kanye

http://www.lgactionsports.com/2007/events/asc/images/KanyeWest-300.jpg

even 50 cent

http://www.50cent-online.com/maniacs/50-cent-on-stage.jpg

Dang that 50 cent guy is a stocky pup.

Pablo
07-18-2008, 02:12 PM
Kanye's a scarf wearing quar.

|Zach|
07-18-2008, 02:18 PM
If the ACLU is against it then I am for it :thumb:

Weird.

Chief Chief
07-18-2008, 02:22 PM
Not sure about the rest of ya'll but I would just hate to have Dicks bustin' my ass!