Sunday, July 5, 2015

NYPD reminds us that it's totally OK to go topless in NYC

As temperatures heat up and the Mets barrel toward mathematical elimination from the playoffs, the NYPD brass wanted to take the time to remind the city's finest not to arrest topless women this summer.

NYPD reminds us that it's totally OK to go topless in NYC

0 comments
AP

As temperatures heat up and the Mets barrel toward mathematical elimination from the playoffs, the NYPD brass wanted to take the time to remind the city's finest not to arrest topless women this summer. A New York Times report details the preventive measures taken by the Department to ensure that every officer at every precinct was fully aware that women are totally allowed to walk around the city topless.

The command was read at 10 consecutive roll calls. Each of the city’s 34,000 officers, in theory, got the message: For “simply exposing their breasts in public,” women are guilty of no crime.

It's likely that the NYPD is going to such lengths to verify its officers' understanding of that policy because of an "official memorandum contained in a federal lawsuit" filed by Holly Van Voast, a Bronx photographer and performance artist.

The suit lists 10 episodes in 2011 and 2012 in which the police detained, arrested or issued summonses to Ms. Van Voast, 46, for baring her breasts at sites that included the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal, in front of a Manhattan elementary school, on the A train and outside a Hooters restaurant in Midtown. That last episode, the suit says, ended with her being taken by the police to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Each of those complaints was for naught, though, thanks to a decision handed down by the New York State Supreme Court in 1992. [The New York Times]

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
A blog tuned-in to what's happening on the Internet. Odd local and entertainment stories.

Mare McKeever philly.com
Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
Nick Vadala Philly.com
Layla A. Jones philly.com
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter