A new crime report revealed that black men made up 96% of those arrested for sagging in Shreveport since the law was passed in 2007.
That means of the 726 total arrests made, 712 of those were the arrests of black people, according to statistics provided by the Shreveport Police Department, @shreveporttimes reports. Of those arrests, 699 were of black men and 13 were of black women.
The report shows the obvious bias of the controversial law, which forbids people to wear pants below their waistline. Critics of the law say it obviously targets the black community and last week, a city councilwoman named LeVette Fuller proposed to abolish the law following the police shooting death of #AnthonyChilds, which occurred when an officer attempted to stop Anthony for his pants being below his waist level with his underwear exposed.
Forensic evidence of the shooting showed Officer Traveion Brooks fired eight shots, three of which hit Anthony. His death reminded many about the law that was passed 12 years ago and there’s been a call to action to get it abolished.
According to Shreveport ordinance 50-167 sponsored by Calvin Lester, violators of the law can be cited and summoned to court, but the legislation was passed with an amendment. The amendment specified that violation of the law “shall itself not be grounds for an arrest or for a full search of the persons cited.”
“Since 2007, 726 individuals have been issued a summons or have been taken into custody for violating City Ordinance 50-167,” Public Information Officer Christina Curtis told the Shreveport Times.
The Times asked Curtis about the amendment to the ordinance that said violation of the law “shall itself not be grounds for an arrest,” and she confirmed she didn’t know whether any violators had been taken into custody only for sagging.
“We don’t believe anyone was booked directly into the city jail solely for sagging. We have to read through 726 reports to know that for sure,” Curtis said.
We’ll keep you up-to-date on this one, Roommates.
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