Senatobia “Saggy Pants” Ordinance Leaves Very Little Wiggle Room

(Senatobia, MS) Pull your pants up!

That’s the message being sent in Senatobia, Miss.

In December, a new law starts making it “uncomfortable” for people wearing their pants too low.

Three inches can make the difference in whether or not you’re violating Senatobia’s “saggy pants” ordinance.

Alderman Don Clanton said he’s tired of seeing people wearing their pants way too low.

Police Chief Steve Holts proposed the new “saggy pants” ordinance, which apparently passed without opposition.

“Our Chief came up with it, came up with the idea. And when he came up with the idea, we jumped on it, I did. And I think it was a unanimous decision,” said Alderman Clanton.

The ordinance stops you from wearing pants lower than three inches below the hips, exposing skin or undergarments.

Police will either respond to complaints about “saggy pants” or make their own visual judgement about what “falls” within the law.

Police could issue a simple warning or fine you anywhere from $50 to $150, plus eight hours community service.

But Alderman Don Clanton said police are not expected to start “packing” tape measures.

“We’re not going to just start going out here and just stopping people on the road and seeing if we can measure them for three inches. That’s not going to be the case,” said Clanton.

Clanton believes the ordinance will bring a sense of decency and respect back to the community of Senatobia.

Ashanti Taylor, who manages Okun’s Shoes and Apparel, thinks it’s a good idea.

She doesn’t mind saying why.

“I would have to say because no one wants to see your underwear. I don’t think no one want’s to see what kind of underwear you have on.  And probably half the time it may not even be clean,” said Ashanti Taylor.

The ordinance goes into effect December 5th.

Several other Mississippi communities have similar “saggy pants” ordinances, including Batesville.

22 comments

  • Michelle Howell-Salmon

    Virginia house of Representative Algie T Howell proposed this years ago and was laughed at. This is not new and should have been implemented years ago.

    • Howard Stern

      Any person that wears their pants below their butt and exposes their underwear for the world to see is stupid and deserves to be judged. That kind of behavior isn’t ‘diversity’ – it’s ignorance.

    • Buckwheat

      Yes, let’s embrace diversity, let’s just accept the “knockout game” as part of black culture and let them continue to harass and push white people out of this town.

  • Tricia

    Reading these comments, it’s plain to see that once again some white people have deluded themselves into thinking that this applies only to the minorities. I have seen the underwear of white teenagers as well. Quite often, I might add. So, you can put your ignorance back into hiding, and carry on.

    • mission1

      There are some white teenagers who have only blacks to hang out with.
      This said, they fall into their culture, they dress, walk, talk like them. They no nothing else. So sad.

  • Alexander Thomas Vranas

    I think the issue here isn’t whether or not wearing saggy pants is stupid or not, but whether writing laws that mandate the way you must wear your pants is a waste of time, and perhaps just an excuse to introduce racial profiling into law enforcement.

    Police in Senatobia are now free to fine anyone who chooses to wear their pants a certain way. I think it goes without saying that it allows police to harass a specific demographic that is considered annoying, and that demographic is disproportionately black.

    Don’t you think that police have better things to do than fine people to get them to pull their pants up? Is it really worth the tax-dollars? Is it really worth the inevitable racial controversy this is sure to create? More importantly, does it really do anything to improve the community beyond the superficial “less saggy-pants’d gangsters” rhetoric?

    People do a lot of strange things. Part of being a community is accepting your neighbors no matter how annoying they may be. Senatobia really needs to consider where it’s priorities lie, and if seeing people’s underwear is really such a huge problem to involve changing the law…

    • hateliberalcommies

      @ Alexander: This is a lack of decency issue,,not a race issue. Quit trying to make this sorry state of appearance a race matter. A lack of morals and judgement has no race barrier just excuses and scapegoats.

      • Alexander Thomas Vranas

        I don’t see how showing your underwear is indecent… It’s clothing! The First amendment protects free expression, and this law is literally a ban on a specific fashion.

        By all means, if people start strutting down the street with their anuses and genitals on display, then the police can intervene. I just don’t see the point in defining the visibility of underwear as “indecent”…

        What next, are we going to start issuing fines to women who don’t conceal their bra-straps?

    • Howard Stern

      I want to say this happened in Memphis not too long ago (maybe it was another town) – a man, in his own house, is standing in his door butt naked. Sad thing is, it was close to a school and school kids had to walk by his house while he was doing this. He ended up getting arrested – as he should have. But, with your train of thought, his neighbors should just accept this guy regardless. That’s absurd. Were his rights being violated when he got arrested? After all, he was inside his home when he did this. Or, would a resonably thinking person think this kind of behavior is unacceptable and should not be tolerated in the general public? The ‘reasonable person’ standard is the foundation of many of our laws – and these laws are put in place for the good of the overall public. Most reasonably thinking people agree that when someone wears their pants below their butt and their underwear is in full view, it is inappropriate. Families, especially those with young children, should have the right not to be subjected to that kind of indecency in public.

  • just an artist

    why is it ok for women to wear skimpy uncovering clothes? but its not ok for ghetto dressers to sag their pants? and on the point i dont really want to see fat people in really tight clothes. plus when people sag and they commit a crime its easier to catch them. im not really looking for a reply, im just sayin what i think.

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