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