Topless Woman Files Suit After Being Arrested At Bath Beach Park

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Krigsman (via Facebook)

Krigsman (via Facebook)

A woman who shed her top in Calvert Vaux Park is filing a suit against the NYPD after officers arrested her in the summer of 2012. The New York Daily News is reporting that Jessica Krigsman is arguing that her constitutional rights were violated as a result of the arrest.

In case you didn’t know (but, really, why wouldn’t you?), a 1992 New York Court of Appeals decision makes it legal for a woman to be topless in the city anywhere a man can be. After police told Krigsman to put on a shirt, she was arrested after “mouthing off” to officers about her rights to be topless. The Daily News described the scene and what she was ultimately charged with:

Krigsman “politely informed” the cops she wasn’t breaking any laws, prompting the officers to arrest her and put her shirt over her head “in a very aggressive manner,” the documents said.

After five hours at the 68th Precinct station house, she was issued a summons for Obstruction of a Sitting Area, a little known violation of the Parks Department code that prohibits hoarding of benches.

That summons was dismissed three months later, the suit said.

Krigsman is asking for unspecified damages for false arrest, malicious prosecution and violations of constitutional rights.

I guess the real truth of the matter will finally be exposed in a court of law when all the facts will be bared. Get it?!

On a side note: I’m really impressed at the Daily News’ ability to turn a civil rights matter into a softcore porn photo spread. Go journalism!

  • Alfonce

    then I wonder how she would have felt when men were gawking at her since she was topless in a park, which i do go to frequently. then she would have been singing a different tune.

    you know, children do go to this park.
    i think topless for women should not be legal in a park like setting.
    no, you dont have chest like a man, you have breasts, give me a break.

    • Arthur Borko

      So? There’s nothing wrong with bare breasts. Just because some people can’t behave in public doesn’t mean someone should be barred from walking around topless.

      Think about this clearly for as second. It’s not just women’s breasts that are sexualized but mens too. Straight women and gay men love watching a man’s washboard chest and abs don’t they? Of course they do!

      Unless she was doing some sexual or lewd act just hanging out topless shouldn’t be a reason to be harassed by police. People need to grow up.

      However I am VERY curious what here original intent was, if not publicity.

      • Alfonce

        while I get what you mean, I have 3 little boys, that do not need to see this at the park they play in, sorry.
        If this was Europe where this is more common, I would be in full agreement, or a nude beach. Not a public park, sorry, dont buy it.

        • Arthur Borko

          What’s going to happen if your little boys see a pair of breasts at the park? Nothing. If you don’t make a big deal out of it or make it seem strange or unusual then they wont make a big deal of it either. If they get curious or ask then you’d deflect the issue or explain the issue exactly the same way as if they’d walked in on a relative in the shower or something of that nature.

          Get over it. It’s a pair of breasts. It’s not some vile demonic honeypot of corruption. If a man was standing there topless you would bat an eye.

  • Lah_t_dah

    Can we step out of the debate over whether or not a female should aloud to be topless in public and look at what really happened. Is it not blatantly obvious that this girl is looking for a payday? Attention and money are all that this women set out to obtain…

    • BobGettinger

      It’s a way to “stick it” to some self-righteous cops!

      Let’s say parking laws change around the Kings Plaza area from parallel to perpendicular (angled) parking and you just parked your car and saw the new sign and run back to your car just to see some come already print out a ticket! You have to spend a lot of time and money trying to clear up that mess.

      If a cop who doesn’t know the law harasses someone and causes the inconvenience of holding someone for five hours, don’t you think she (the cop in this case) should be penalized for making such an error? If she doesn’t get taught a lesson, then she could bully someone else for just breast feeding in public or some other legal (but not “moral” to Bible Thumpers) matter. In this case, five hours is too long. One hour, no sweat but this lady cop had a chip on her shoulder!

      If you got arrested for (let’s say for the sake of argument) walking on the grass and there’s no signs that say you can’t but the cop hates you walking on the grass, arrests you and makes a big scene, and holds you for five hours in the precinct (bring up disorderly conduct charges or some other trumped up stuff), wouldn’t you say, “SUE THEM!” for doing you wrong???

  • Alfonce

    we are a European family, we have all, including my boys seen both naked men and women at various beaches and the like. It is at this park that I have the problem with. It was just her, no one else.

    that doesnt sound right or too smart for me.

  • Alina Tsui

    I get what she’s saying. If a man can do it, then a woman can too (the 1992 court case that supports this young lady’s decision to go topless anywhere that a man can, should be sufficient evidence to support her case ). In any event, I do hope she wins her case. If people are uptight about this law, then change it, or ban topless people (applicable to both men and women).

  • BobGettinger

    I think that female cop just wanted to arrest her because she thought it was wrong. Well, as a cop, she should uphold the law… not bully people the way she sees fit! As it turns out, she’s adding a few trumped up charges just to make herself seem right. Typical of self-righteous jerks!

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