Florida city wants to protect its citizens from ‘involuntary underwear exposure’

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They've long been written up by fashion police, but one Florida city has decided to make "saggy pants" an official no-no.

As the Smoking Gun notes, city council in Cocoa, Fla. voted to protect its public from involuntary underwear exposure, or in their words, to ban citizens from "wearing short or long pants or a skirt more than three (3) inches below the top of the waistline (crest of ilium) exposing skin or undergarments."

The reason behind the new ordinance is to "protect and preserve the unique character" of this "small family oriented, suburban community."

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Starting January 1, waistband violators risk an initial $25 fine and can be charged up to $100 for repeat offenses.

The ordinance follows previous attempts to legislate similar fashion choices in places like Merrillville, Ind. and Hinds County, Miss.

But the move has been met with considerable backlash from those who argue the decision is both unconstitutional and a thinly veiled cover for racial profiling.

"This is nothing more than a vehicle for further harassment of young people. Alberta Wilson, president of the Central Brevard Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), told FloridaToday.Com.

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"I don't like the saggy pants anymore than you do, however, I respect people's Constitutional rights."

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