University of New Mexico defensive back Deshon Marman was arrested this week for allegedly refusing to pull up his sagging pants on an airplane. Marman was returning to New Mexico from San Francisco after attending the funeral of a friend when the incident occurred. He was charged with suspicion of trespassing, battery and resisting arrest. The question is, was he in the wrong?
The San Francisco Chronicle obtained a video of the incident captured by a nearby passenger. Though it doesn’t show the part where Marman was initially asked to pick up his pants, it shows the aftermath. Here is video of Deshon Marman’s discussion with the flight crew:
The passenger who shot the video described Marman’s sagging pants, saying “When I first saw him coming down the aisle, I was like, ‘Come on man, really?’ But after he sat down, you couldn’t see anything.”
Though the video makes Marman seem like he did nothing wrong, it doesn’t tell the entire story.
From The Associated Press:
What the video does not show is Marman’s repeated refusal earlier to follow a boarding agent’s advice and pull up his pants, Elise Eberwein, a spokeswoman for US Airways, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Marman’s pants were so low they were “exposing areas that most people would not want to see” and violating the airline’s expectation that customers won’t dress offensively, Eberwein said.
Police also say Marman injured an officer while being taken into custody. San Mateo County prosecutors have not decided if they’re going to press charges against Marman.Google+