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Beats Per Millennium - Proposed anti-gang law targets hip hop clothing in Utah

Proposed anti-gang law targets hip hop clothing in Utah

The Utah state senate approved a bill on Tuesday allowing local communities to designate gang-free zones.

As far as anti-gang legislation goes, this law is fairly lax. It allows communities to fine gang members $100 each if found congregating in groups of three or more and refuse to leave the zone. But it does open a can of worms as laws such as this can rarely be enforced without some level of racial profiling. Additionally, officers will be trained to target individuals wearing “hip hop clothing,” a strategy which rarely turns out well as anti-gang action tends to disintegrate into far less constructive anti-sagging legislation and such.

Posted by Mike Denslow at Jan 27, 2009 09:43 PM