Sagging Pants and an Arrest: Right or Wrong–You Be The Judge
By Black Men In America.com 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?