Terrebonne Parish President won't veto saggy pants ordinance - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Terrebonne Parish President won't veto saggy pants ordinance

AP photo AP photo

Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet says he will not veto an ordinance that would fine people caught wearing saggy pants.

The Terrebonne Parish Council passed an ordinance Wednesday prohibiting people from wearing pants that hang well-below the waistline, exposing underwear or skin.

Claudet noted that the NAACP showed up at the meeting to voice support for the ordinance which was crafted along the lines of a similar ordinance in Shreveport.

Under the Terrebonne ordinance, violators could be fined 50 dollars on the first offense and repeat offenders could be forced to perform community service.

Councilman John Navy introduced the measure, he told FOX 8 last month that saggy pants are everywhere in his community, and it's a problem only getting worse.

"I've seen extreme measures where they're actually holding their pants almost by their knees, holding it up and you see undergarments and other things," he told us in March. "Why would you say that's okay?"

Navy said he received complaints about saggy pants from church groups and neighborhood watch committees, so he proposed an ordinance. It's modeled after one in Shreveport, which Navy says has been enforced without any challenges more than 300 times.

Lafourche Parish also has a saggy pants ordinance. Sheriff Craig Webre says it's been enforced about 45 times since it was approved in 2007.

Navy insisted Wednesday night that the ordinance is in no way designed to target anyone specifically or to foster racial profiling.

Powered by WorldNow

Louisiana Media Company, LLC.
1025 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125

General Number: (504) 486-6161
News Tips: (504) 483-1503
News Room Fax: (504) 483-1543

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVUE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
WVUE's Public Inspection File can now be accessed online. To access the online public inspection file click here: https://stations.fcc.gov/station-profile/wvue-dt.