|06-19-2007, 10:41 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2004
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And now for something completely different.....
NYC pays $29,000 over topless arrest
Police seized bare-breasted artist despite court ruling allowing toplessness
Updated: 3:30 p.m. ET June 18, 2007
NEW YORK - A New York artist arrested by police when she went on a topless stroll two years ago has accepted a $29,000 settlement from the city, her lawyer says.
Jill Coccaro, 27, was charged briefly with indecent exposure despite a 1992 state appeals court ruling that concluded women had the right to be topless if men were allowed to take off their shirts.
Coccaro, who now goes by the name Phoenix Feeley, bared her breasts on Aug. 4, 2005.
Feeley remained in custody for 12 hours before she was told prosecutors were not going to pursue charges.
Her attorney, Jeffrey Rothman, told the Daily News for its Sunday editions that his client won the civil rights settlement from the city, which did not admit or deny wrongdoing.
"We hope the police learn a lesson and respect the rights of women to go topless," Rothman said.
Feeley told the New York Post for its Sunday editions that she was not treated well after her arrest. She claimed in an October lawsuit that a police officer yanked her out of a patrol car by her hair and police took her to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
She told the newspaper she had gone bare-breasted after running the 2004 New York marathon without police bothering her.
"I've always just felt that was something natural," Feeley said of going topless. "I've kind of always done it out of practicality."
The city settled on June 4.
"I felt like I deserved it," Feeley said.
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
|06-19-2007, 01:33 PM||#2|
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Join Date: May 2007
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A good trend
More boobies in public, less Puritanism, I say.
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|07-10-2007, 08:27 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
You know, I think it would have been worth the 1500 dollar penalty just to have seen the look on the pilot's face.
I like that he brought some snacks with him, and that his last name is Couch.
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