Is wearing baggy pants a crime?
For US Airways, the answer is “yes.”
Deshon Marman, a 20-year-old football star at the University of New Mexico, was arrested on several charges connected with his failure to pull up his baggy pants on US Airways Flight 488 from San Francisco to Albuquerque on Wednesday, June 15.
Attending The Funeral Of His Best Friend
Marman, a native of San Francisco and graduate of Lincoln High School, had come home to attend the funeral of his best friend and former high school teammate David Henderson, who died after being shot in the head last month.
Marman is facing charges of trespassing and resisting arrest after he refused to obey a pilot and female flight crew member, who claims she saw his exposed boxer shorts.
Is US Airways The Fashion Police?
Has anyone from US Airways spent time around young men of this age recently? It’s hardly an attractive fashion, and I sometimes wonder how these males can even walk, but it is very popular. High schools generally have a dress code that prohibits the wearing of baggy pants, but those boys still try to get away with wearing them every day.
But US Airlines doesn’t even have a dress code.
Would they also object to spaghetti straps or tank tops on young women? Does US Airways consider itself the fashion police? Or is this blatant discrimination?
Flight Captain Made A Citizen Arrest
The San Francisco Police Department said Thursday that the flight captain made a citizen’s arrest after Marman allegedly refused commands over a 10-minute period to pull up his pants. Police encountered Marman as he walked off the aircraft to the jetway, where he struggled against attempts to handcuff him and injured an officer, according to a press release.
Marman was held at the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City until Friday, when he was arraigned and released on bail. San Mateo County prosecutors have not decided whether to file charges against Marman.
The San Francisco Examiner reports that Marman released a statement saying, “I’m embarrassed by the negative attention that has been brought upon my family, my football team, my teammates, and most of all myself.”
He also announced that he planned to return to New Mexico within the next few days, but would fly Southwest.
From NBC Bay Area, here’s a further excerpt from the press release of the police giving their side of the story:
“The aircraft Captain was notified of the incident and requested the SFPD be called. Two officers were dispatched and responded to the scene. Upon arrival the officers interviewed the witnesses. The Captain stated that he was not going to fly with Marman on the flight because he was displaying his underwear in an inappropriate manner and asked for him to be removed. Officers advised the Captain of the elements of trespassing which required a citizen arrest be made.”
Do you believe it’s a crime to wear baggy pants? If not, click here to sign a petition asking San Mateo County prosecutors to drop all charges against Deshon Marman.
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