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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • 'Sagging' community standard

  • Sagging is seen as a public nuisance to some and a means of self-expression through popular culture to others. Both the hip-hop and skate punk cultures have embraced the trend, and low-riding pants have become a common sight in the community.


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  • Sagging is seen as a public nuisance to some and a means of self-expression through popular culture to others. Both the hip-hop and skate punk cultures have embraced the trend, and low-riding pants have become a common sight in the community.
    The trend is considered lewd by some, and August 14, John  “Dewy” Andrews, a long-time Bastrop resident and former police officer, asked the city council about any obscenity law that Bastrop may have to reduce occurrences.
    According to city attorney Doug Lawrence, part of Bastrop City Ordinance Section 8-123 states indecent exposure is intentionally:
    “Exposure of underwear or undergarments by intentionally wearing pants, trousers or outer garments below the waist or natural beltline of a person, in any public place or place open to public view.”
    Anyone caught with exposed underwear can, according to the ordinance, face a fine of up to $500 or jail time of up to six months.
    Major Keith Robertson of the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office said there is no state or parish law that he knows of regarding sagging. According to Robertson, the law is constantly changing through case law set by “contemporary community standards.”
    Council member Boo Robinson pointed out that a similar code is enforced at Shreveport’s Riverwalk and noted that the trend started in prisons.
    According to an October 2005 article by Barbara Mikkelson on popular urban legend debunking web site snopes.com, many theories surround the genesis of the trend. The most likely origin, said Mikkelson, is prison-based; inmates were issued pants several sizes too large but denied belts due to suicide and violence risks. Other origin stories are more homoerogenous in nature.
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