U.S. — A woman filed a complaint against the New York City Police Department. She says her civil rights were violated when policemen apprehended her in 2012 for sunbathing topless in a park.
Jessica Krigsman says she was sunbathing topless on a bench in a public park, when two police officers approachedher and asked to put her shirt on. When the woman refused to do so, she was told to “stop mouthing off,” and the officers pulled the shirt over her head by force.
Krigsman allegedly cited the precedent which allows a woman to bare any part of her body that a man can. The officers, however, ignored her, and the woman waited for over five hours before being finally charged with obstructing of a sitting area.
However, she was not charged with any crime relating to public nudity. She is seeking unspecified damages for civil rights infractions, malicious prosecution, and assault and battery.