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Deshon Marman Supporters to Deliver Signatures to U.S. Airways Asking for Apology

The group is delivering nearly 40,000 signatures on a petition asking for an apology.

The family and supporters of a man arrested at San Francisco International Airport in June after allegedly ignoring instructions to pull up his sagging pants on a U.S. Airways flight were heading to the airport Wednesday morning to seek an apology.

The group is delivering nearly 40,000 signatures on a petition asking for U.S. Airways to apologize for the in which Deshon Marman, 20, was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing after boarding a flight to Albuquerque, N.M.

San Francisco police said Marman, a student and football player at the University of New Mexico, was instructed by airline crew members several times to pull up his pants to cover his underwear both before and after he boarded the plane.

Police said he refused to leave the plane and then resisted officers when they tried to handcuff him.

Marman's family has said he told airline staff that he could not pull up his pants because he was carrying bags and his hands were full.

Last month, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against Marman in the case.

His family, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the civil rights organization ColorofChange.org, planned to deliver the signatures to the U.S. Airways ticket counter at the airport this morning.

The Rev. Amos Brown, president of the NAACP's San Francisco chapter, said the Marman family also plans to file a lawsuit against U.S. Airways in the next few days.

The national NAACP is also pressuring U.S. Airways to apologize and review its policies, Brown said.

U.S. Airways officials were not immediately available for comment Wednesday morning. The airline has previously said that the issue in Marman's case was not his style of clothing but rather his refusal to comply with orders from the flight crew.

-- Bay City News

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Jim Baker August 03, 2011 at 11:00 PM
A funny thing about fashion is that one generation's fashion is always riduculous and inappropriate to other generations. I know that when my parents had long hair and bell bottoms in the 60s, their parents thought they were disrespectful. If you go back even further, it was considered lewd and outrageous for a woman to allow her ankle to be shown. Bascially we should all worry about problems that are bigger than how kids wear their pants. It was not like his actual backside was showing.
Phyllis McArthur August 03, 2011 at 11:46 PM
In 1967 I had on a mini skirt (It was just 2 inches above my knees) I was told it was disgusting and un-lady like. I was told to leave a park (Boston Gardens) because there were children, and it was inappropriate.
Laura Dudnick August 03, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Phyllis, my mom told me she was once sent home from high school because her skirt was too short (it was just barely above the knees!).
Phyllis McArthur August 04, 2011 at 02:27 AM
I think it was the Go-Go boots I had on!
sandra dawson August 14, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Although I think that wearing pants in that manner is totally ridiculous; I have seen worse on an airplane. The airline was wrong to make such a big deal of it.

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