Florida city repeals saggy pants ordinance

Move comes after NAACP threatened legal action

OCALA, Fla. - Saggy pants will once again be allowed on city property after the Ocala City Council voted to repeal an ordinance banning them.

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In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, the council reversed the controversial ordinance.

Local NAACP president Loretta Pompey Jenkins applauded the action, saying the issue should be dealt with at home, in church or by community groups instead of by government agencies.

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Councilwoman Mary Rich was the dissenting vote. She initially convinced the council to approve the ordinance.

Rich had hoped the council would make it a civil offense to wear saggy pants.

Last month, the NAACP had threatened to bring legal action against the city.

"I'm sorry, it's going to be black males that are the subject of this," said Dale Landry, of the NAACP Florida chapter.

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The saggy pants law had banned anyone on city property from wearing his or her pants 2 inches below the natural waist in a way that exposes their underwear or buttocks. Offenders were subject to a fine up to $500 and 60 days in jail.

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