Saggy Pants Rally Planned in the City

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011  |  Updated 12:16 PM PDT
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Saggy Pants Rally Planned in the City

New video taken by a passenger on the plane shows the dispute between Deshon Marman, 20, and airline officials as they argue over Marman's sagging pants (KGO video)

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A crowd is expected to gather outside San Francisco City Hall Tuesday in support of a man who was removed from a U.S. Airways flight and  arrested last month after he allegedly refused to pull up his sagging pants.

    Deshon Marman, 20, was arrested on suspicion of battery on a  police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing on June 15 after boarding a  flight from San Francisco to Albuquerque, N.M., where he is a student and  football player at the University of New Mexico.     Marman was instructed by airline crew members several times to pull up his pants to cover his underwear, both before he boarded and while on  the plane, according to San Francisco police.
    He allegedly refused to do so, and eventually the plane's captain  told the other passengers to deplane, ordered Marman to leave the aircraft  and then placed him under citizen's arrest for trespassing after he refused  to exit, police said.
    Marman was escorted off the plane by police and then allegedly  resisted officers when they tried to handcuff him. One officer suffered a cut  to his hand and a sprained knee in the struggle, according to police.
    The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has not filed  charges against Marman, who posted $11,000 bail and was released from jail.  The district attorney's office has until the end of the week to decide  whether to charge him.
    Tuesday's rally is also in support of a resolution that will be  introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Malia Cohen,  whose district includes the Bayview, where Marman grew up.
    The resolution calls for San Francisco to join the local chapter  of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in asking  for the case to be dismissed and for a formal apology from U.S. Airways.
    The airline released a statement after last month's incident,  saying while the company "does not have a specific dress code, we ask our  customers to dress in an appropriate manner to ensure the safety and comfort  of all of our passengers."
    Today's rally was scheduled to start at noon and will precede the  2 p.m. meeting of the Board of Supervisors where Cohen will introduce the  resolution.

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