Protestors will deliver 40,000 signatures to US Airways Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport to demand that the airline apologize to University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman for his June 15 arrest, originally sparked by his saggy pants.
Airline officials asked 20-year-old Marman, a San Francisco native, to pull up his pants before the takeoff of his return flight to Albuquerque, but according to his attorney, Marman’s hands were full and he agreed to pull up his pants when he got to his seat. Once in his assigned seat, Marman was confronted by a pilot. When Marman argued with him, a physically confrontational arrest resulted in the jetway, according to police at SFO.
The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office opted last month not to file charges against Marman, but attorney Joe O’Sullivan said Marman now plans to sue the airline. While US Airways officials say they’re glad that criminal charges -- including felony assault on a police officer -- won’t hinder Marman’s future, the airline stands behind the actions of the flight crew and insists the arrest resulted from noncompliance with requests, not the saggy pants issue itself.
O’Sullivan and Marman’s family have called the incident a case of racial profiling against a young black man, prompting ColorofChange.org to gather the signatures that are set to be delivered to the US Airways ticket counter at 10 a.m.
Days after the saggy pants incident, it was revealed that the airline allowed an older white man in purple lingerie to fly without issue, further fueling the discrimination contentions.