Public forum held on proposed bill banning saggy pants

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- It`s an issue that has some raising lots questions.

The city of St. Louis hosted a public forum including four panelists and one moderator from different backgrounds.

More than 70 people showed up to voice their opinion about bill number 117.
The proposed bill would ban on saggy pants in the city.

While some said a new ordinance will only create more problems between minorities and police. Alderman Marlene Davis who proposed the bill says pulling your pant up is a respectful way to dress. Teenagers who wear saggy pants and adults both had their say. Seventeen- year-old Jaron Mcaffee said he thinks kids should be able to dress how they want, but Alderman Marlene Davis and college student Antonio Parker disagree.

"In my neighborhood if you came up with your pants up that was a sign that you were easily a mark and get robbed or get killed and I didn`t want to be like that," he stated.

"I want to hear from people for and against it I want to have the discussion open I would like to have opinions we can weigh in on," said Alderman Marlene Davis.

"Sagging invites not only in your race but outside of your race people think you are a problem unapproachable like you are a criminal," said Antonio Parker.

Violators would be fined between $100 to $500 or face 90 days in jail. If it becomes law St. Louis would be the largest city to impose the ban. Some also proposed the idea of community service instead of fines and jail time.

Information taken from the forum will be given to the city`s security committee during their next September meeting. The next forum is set for Tuesday August 20th at Long Middle School.

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