San Francisco NAACP Wants Apology For Saggy Pants Arrest

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to launch a national campaign against US Airways.

The civil rights group is accusing the carrier of racial profiling after a 20-year-old Bay Area man was arrested for not pulling up his saggy pants before boarding an airplane.

More than a dozen protesters gathered on the drop off curb for US Airways ticket area at SFO. The protesters said the airline discriminated against Deshon Marman when he was told to pull up his saggy pants. Marman was arrested for allegedly ignoring the request in June, but San Mateo County prosecutors refused to press charges.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Rev. Amos Brown, head of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP, said he wants US Airways officials to apologize to Marmon and his family and meet with members of the NAACP.

“We are not dealing with dress,”Brown said. “We are dealing with discrimination.”

“I’ve not seen any such request,” said US Airways spokesman John McDonald. “We’ve been in dialogue and discussion with Rev. Brown for a period of time, and we’ll continue that dialogue.”

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