Collinsville chief won't enforce saggy pants ban -

Collinsville chief won't enforce saggy pants ban

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Collinsville's police chief says he's asked his officers not to enforce the city's ban on saggy pants.

Chief Scott Williams told city council members last week that the law is "problematic" for the southwestern Illinois department.

Williams says officers could be accused of racial profiling for enforcing the law. And he says any civil rights suit would name his officers and the department.

The council voted 3-2 last month to approve the ordinance, which forbids pants that ride lower than 3 to 4 inches below the waistline of the underwear.

A first offense is punishable with a $100 fine, while a second offense would carry a $300 fine plus 40 hours of community service.

Councilmen who voted for the ban said they weren't swayed by Williams' concerns.



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