Sagging Pants and an Arrest: Right or Wrong–You Be The Judge

By Black Men In Staff

By now you probably heard the story of Deshon Marman, 20, who was arrested and removed from US Airways flight 488 last week (6/15/11) after police said he ignored an airline employee’s request to pull up sweatpants that exposed his underwear below the buttocks.  Marman was jailed for a day on suspicion of trespassing, battery and resisting arrest before being released on $11,000 bail Thursday.  Sheriff’s deputies said there was also an outstanding warrant for Marman from Santa Clara County on a marijuana possession charge.

San Francisco police, who took Marman off the plane, said he had refused the pilot’s orders and had taken 15 minutes to leave. His family disputed that, saying Marman had pulled up his pants after boarding the plane and thought the problem had been solved after a visit from the pilot.  Instead, the pilot made a citizen’s arrest and passengers were forced to deplane.

Is this a case of racial profiling?  Or is this a case of a young man exercising horrible judgment?

Given the climate connected with airline travel, like it or not, it is not wise to challenge the pilot and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Judge for yourself.  Here is video and audio of the exchange between Marman and the pilot before he was arrested.  It should be noted that Marman was not removed from the plane due to what he was wearing.  He was arrested for not following crew member’s instructions.

What do you think?

9 Responses to “Sagging Pants and an Arrest: Right or Wrong–You Be The Judge”

  1. What a waste of time and tax payers money. They arrested him for that. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.

  2. I have told Judah (12yr old my son) so many times, “If you act like an outcast…you will be treated as such. In the world we live in there are standards, rules, and regulations. If you break, mock, disrespect them you will be just that an OUTCAST.” Now…I am of the belief that saggin was at one time a way of dress. A style. Then it became a badge of honor to sag…only because it was a way to rebel. Now, after this CRAP has been with us for almost 20yrs I will stand firm and say, ‘Saggin is stupid. It requires one to walk from side to side (which is bad for the hips) and one must hold their pants up while walking with one hand (which creates a strain on the shoulder joint). Both will cause pain in the future (old age…ya gonna get old…sagin man!). Equally important, for youth, they are immediately labeled. So, I have banned that style/rebellion/stupidity from my home. And, if Judah was on a plane refusing to follow instructions (this is a plane damn it), got lippy with police (AUTHORITY.), and had a warrant for his arrest…he would remain in lock-up. Me nah going to a jailhouse to address STUPIDITY, and I refuse to allow him to DISRESPECT my lessons…the OUTCAST lesson. Oh yeah, black folk, shut-up…you know and I know the case below was not racial profiling! It was: man dressed like an idiot who refused to adhere to AUTHORITY!! Finally, we need to stop ‘standing’ for our boys if they are wrong. Deshon Marman told him to pull up his pants. He ignored her. Why did she tell him…because in this world there are STANDARDS!

  3. […] sticking by its decision to kick Marman off the plane and let the cross-dressing passenger fly.  Click here to read our post on the removal of Marman for his sagging […]

  4. It’s unfortunate that today we cannot overcome the stereotypes. Due to this man’s appearance he was deemed “inappropriate” however, on the same hand, a week later, another individual with his undergarments plain as day (almost a birthday suit) is allowed to board the aircraft (same airline) and continue to his final destination. Keep in mind folks that the TSA does not set the requirements for airline attire. What was the real issue? Copy this link into your browser.

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  5. YAHusha ppl Says:

    This is how “authority figures” are trained to behave..”theyre merely doin what theyre being compenstated to do” … im mi opinion, this young man was profiled cauz hes a black guy. This situation with throwin guys in jail cauz their pant sag..kinda remyndz me of the situation when our owm government fundin the transportation of the drug .but the drug dealer is the one doin the time…they created this fad &I jus like when the “drug dealers” and dealings get out of hand they throw ’em in jail 4cauz it

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