UPDATE: DeShon Marman, Baggy Pants Flier, Goes Free as Protesters Rally

Posted Jul 13th 2011 10:30 AM

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UPDATE: Charges against DeShon Marman, the University of New Mexico football player arrested in San Francisco Airport last month while trying to board a plane wearing sagging pants, will be dropped according to a statement released Tuesday by the San Mateo District Attorney, who told reporters Marman's arrest had not been warranted.

Marman was arrested on suspicion of battery of a police officer and resisting arrest when he was removed from a U.S. Airways flight.

The low-riding case had become quite contentious. On Tuesday, close to 200 people rallied outside of San Francisco's city hall on Marman's behalf, claiming he had been targeted because he was a young black man.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, Reverend Amos Brown, a local religious leader, gave a speech in which he said: "You say you want the pants pulled up. We say, pull up justice in America."

He may not have the catchiest slogans, but Rev. Brown had already gotten the attention of US Airways, which has been talking with both him and representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

A video of at least part of the incident has surfaced. Though it is abbreviated, Marman is fairly calm in the clip.




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DeShon Marman, a 20-year old University of New Mexico football player was kicked off a flight on Wednesday after he was told his clothing was revealing too much, the Associated Press reports.

Police say Marman's baggy pants led to his arrest at the San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday.

Marman was boarding a US Airways flight to Albuquerque when an employee saw that his pants "were below his buttocks, but above the knees, and his boxer shorts were showing."


SFPD Sgt. Michael Rodriguez told the San Francisco Chronicle that Marman was asked to pull up his pants, but he refused. He was then asked to leave the plane.

Fifteen minutes later Marman got off the plane and was cited for trespassing. Marman's mother, Donna, told the Chronicle that her son had attended a friend's funeral and was "still in an emotionally raw state."

Valerie Wunder, a US Airways spokeswoman, says the airline's dress code forbids "indecent exposure or inappropriate" attire.



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