A Black teen in Kansas says officers arrested him for sagging his pants at Wichita’s Warren Theatre.
Alonzo Taylor Jr., 14, says he went to the movies with some of his friends when the manager confronted him about his pants.
“A couple of seconds after leaving the concessions counter, the manager walked up and said to pull up your pants or you’ll be escorted,” Taylor said.
He says he wasn’t able to find a belt to wear and his pants started sagging while he was holding a drink and popcorn.
“I was by the counter and he said that, ‘You’re going to have to leave. I don’t care what you did. You’re trespassing.'”
Taylor says he complied with all the manager’s commands but was still arrested. He believes the manager targeted him because he is Black.
Taylor’s mother, Ruth Dennis, says her son is a good kid who stays out of trouble. She’s not mad at police for handcuffing her son. She’s mad at the theater.
“I just don’t want my son’s record to be messed up over sagging and to be labeled as a trespasser,” she said.
Taylor still can’t believe what happened and now doesn’t feel welcome at the East Warren theater.
If he’s (manager) there, I honestly don’t want to go back,” Taylor said. “I’d rather go to a movie further than that.”
The family says police are looking over surveillance footage of the incident. It’s not clear whether Taylor will face any charges.