Charges dropped in Deshon Marman saggy pants case 

Charges have been dropped in the case against college football player Deshon Marman, a San Francisco native who was accused of resisting arrest after a confrontation over his sagging pants on a US Airways flight.

Marman, 20, was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing June 15 after a member of the flight crew at San Francisco International Airport asked him to pull up his pajama pants.

Public outrage followed Marman’s arrest, with his supporters saying he was targeted because he is a young black man.

Early Wednesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced the evidence against Marman doesn’t warrant criminal charges.

“We do not believe that criminal charges are warranted in light of all of the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Wagstaffe said.

On Tuesday, outrage erupted on the steps of City Hall as nearly 200 people called for charges to be dropped against Marman, who has a full football and academic scholarship at the University of New Mexico.

“You say you want the pants pulled up,” the Rev. Amos Brown said from the podium. “We say, pull up justice in America.”

Donna Doyle, Marman’s mother, said she was contacted by US Airways and offered a free flight to see her son, but she declined. Doyle said she was offended that the company did not apologize.

US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie said the company is in open communication with Brown and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People regarding the case, but declined to elaborate. Christie said US Airways wants to do what it can to help Marman “land on his feet” and maintain his college scholarship.

According to Marman’s attorney, Marman told the fight attendant his hands were full and he would take care of it when he got to his seat on the Albuquerque, N.M.-bound flight.

When he sat down, police said the flight captain argued with Marman for 10 minutes about the pants and told him to leave the plane. When Marman was arrested, he allegedly scuffled with San Francisco police officers and injured one of them.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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