East St. Louis backs off ban on red and blue clothes

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 7:25 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) -- East St Louis Mayor Alvin Parks says he is softening his earlier proposal this week of banning males in the city from wearing red or blue clothing. The colors were targeted because they are commonly associated with gangs. 

“By no means was it intent to restrict people with their clothing and actually if we had to do it over we probably wouldn’t have talked about banning colors,” Parks told News 4.

This week, Parks had made the color ban suggestion while also announcing a city-wide curfew on anyone under 18 during school hours or after 10 p.m.

Reaction over the red and blue ban started on Facebook pages and reached the ACLU in Chicago.

Police said they will still focus on the red and blue clothing only when it directly involves gang behavior. 

Police chief Michael Floore backed Mayor Parks.

“When he mentioned the colors, I understood it, it was underlined for me to know what we’re looking for and not to stop someone who has on a Cardinals red shirt or something like that,” said Floore.

 

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