Cop Sues SFPD for Suspending Him Because He Likes Photographing Naked Women
|A Jimmy McNulty-approved hobby.|
As the Chronicle reported:
[T]he department suspended him twice, in 2009 and 2010, because "it did not approve of plaintiff's artistic expression," according to the suit filed Thursday. It asserts the photography was done on Hansen's own time "with absolutely no connection to his employment."
The civil rights suit, filed in federal court in Oakland, did not cite the specific reason for the 2009 suspension, which lasted five days. The 2010 suspension, which lasted 10 days, according to the complaint, came after Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies caught Hansen, who is 36 and has been an officer for seven years, and two models trespassing inside an abandoned hotel for a photoshoot.
Hansen's website, which displayed many of the nude photos, did offer a warning of "nudity presented in artistic form." While the site doesn't seem to be online anymore, a cursory Internet search does pull up a small slice of his work-- here, here, here, and here.
The sampling is certainly tame by 2012 standards, and nowhere near as embarrassing to his employers than their using a computer system that can only classify the race of an arrestee as black, white, or "other."