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Sagging pants ban in Moultrie, GA. reopens debate

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An ordinance that fines people for wearing their pants too low has passed unanimously in Moultrie, Ga. First time offenders face a $25 fine, and possibly 40 hours of community service. Repeat offenders face a fine as high as $400.

From Wildwood, NJ. to Terrebonne Parish, La., cities all over the country are approving ordinances that ban sagging pants, with mixed reaction.

One Gawker blogger says the ban in Lousiania is unconstitutional. The N.A.A.C.P's letter to the Louisiana Council states:

"To ban a particular clothing style would violate a liberty interest guaranteed under the 14th Amendment. The government does not belong in the business of telling people what to wear. Nor does it have the right to use clothing as a pretext to engage in unlawful stops of innocent people."

When the ban passed in Cairo, Ga., Cpl. Chris Miller told WABL:

"Nobody wants to see anybody's undergarments or any skin that is exposed that doesn't need to be exposed. Nobody wants to see that and we are doing it for the public. It is not anything for us."

Albany, Ga. banned sagging pants last year and has already taken in about $4,000.

No such ordinance has been proposed in Columbus, Ga. or neighboring cities.

ALSO: Saggy pants ordinance enforced in Cairo

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