Nudists Finally Get Into Trouble for Being Naked in Public
As promised, San Francisco's nudists took off their clothes today and rallied outside City Hall, and as promised, the cops were out enforcing the brand spankin' new law prohibiting nudists from taking off their clothes in public.
Today, the ban on public nudity went into effect, just two days after a federal judged tossed the nudists' challenge to the city's ban. The naturists vowed that that wouldn't stop them from stripping down today; in fact they were pretty darn hopeful they'd get cited by the cops.
And that they did. According to Officer Carlos Manfredi, police issued four tickets to nudists who refused to put on pants.
The nudists' attorney, Christina DiEdoardo, told SF Weekly that if naked people were cited today for "exercising their free speech" (aka being naked), then that would be enough to take this case back to court on the basis of discrimination.
"The [judge's] order gave an implicit invitation to refile the case if there are instances of discrimination," she said on Tuesday.
In other words, this nudity thing is far from being over.