Sagging Ordinance About To Take Effect

Thursday September 13th 2007:  the first day to pull up or pay up in Shreveport.
"This is something that's been around since the 1990s. We're well into the 21st century as opposed to getting better it's getting worse," said Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover.
It's the first day police can cite offenders who sag their pants below their waist and show underwear or skin.
Violators will face up to a $100 fine and a day of community service for their first offense.
"I have to tell you though that the ordinance will be enforced," said Shreveport Police Chief Henry Whitehorn.
Whitehorn says his force will not target young black males, rather any sagging suspect.
"We're here to ensure the ordinance is adhered to - black, white, it doesn't matter," he said.
Mayor Cedric Glover is proud of the ordinance.
He stands behind the city council and and looks to move forward.
"The administration fully supports Chief Whitehorn and all the members of the Shreveport Police Department.  We support the decision," he said.
If you're wondering how police will prove an alleged sagger is committing a violation. Whitehorn says it's similar to a speeding ticket.  The officer will state his or her side of the story in court.
Story By Ben Wolf