Peoria residents respond to potential ban on "saggy pants"

By Joe Bennett

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- At a Peoria City Council gathering this week, Councilman Eric Turner confirmed a proposal is being considered to ban people from wearing saggy pants.

South side residents we spoke with say pants sagged around or below the hip are fashion statements promoting cultural identity.

The potential ordinance is controversial because many citizens feel there is a time and place that sagged pants should be allowed.

About a dozen citizens said they would be okay with banning the style inside public places.

However, the same people said anyone should be allowed to dress how they want, especially outdoors, as long as no inappropriate body parts are exposed.

"It's just a way of them relaxing. That's how I feel about it,” says Tian Boone as she references her own son’s gym shorts, sagged just slightly and partially exposing his boxer shorts. “The same with a female with a tube top; that's not right for her to go in public with it, but she does it anyway. So I'm more of with the pants sagging, but just not in public."

Mayor Jim Ardis says it will be awhile before an ordinance is ready to formally be presented to the council.

The mayor also said the issue is about respect and decency.

South side residents say the ordinance would clearly be targeting young men within that community.

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