Topless protesters may be jailed
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But the California Highway Patrol said nudity is banned at the state Capitol and threatened arrests, warning that anyone arrested might have to permanently register with the state as a sex offender. The group asked Burrell to block arrests, saying demonstrating bare-chested is part of their protest. “We feel what we are doing is harmless,” Sherry Glaser said after the ruling. “It’s a demonstration of what freedom is, what peace is, what liberty is.” State officials have been consistent in their enforcement. They threatened to arrest a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals whose bare body was painted to look like a cat, as well as gay rights protesters who wore transparent pants and pasties. Those demonstrators complied, but a man who stripped to protest a marijuana arrest was hauled off to jail. The state argued that topless women at the Capitol could snarl traffic, expose visiting children to nudity and tempt sex offenders. SACRAMENTO – Women who planned to protest topless at the state Capitol on Monday can be busted if they go ahead with their bare-chested demonstration, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell ruled Friday that “there is no First Amendment right to bare breasts on the grounds of the state Capitol.” To draw attention to their views, members of the Mendocino-based group Breasts Not Bombs have demonstrated topless without incident in the San Francisco Bay area and at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C.. In this case, their protest is aimed at initiatives backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday’s special election ballot. Breasts Not Bombs has a permit for its protest, and members were considering over the weekend whether it was worth risking arrest during the demonstration.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!