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June 17, 2007

New Yorker Jill Coccaro gets $29K for false arrest

So evidently, in New York its okay for women to run around topless, and artist Jill Coccaro can attest to it.  Coccaro just accepted a $29,000 settlement for being wrongly arrested for going topless two years ago.

To promote an art show, Coccaro let it all hang out by taking off her shirt.  She was arrested and later released, but due to a 1992 Supreme Court ruling the cops were wrong.

In New York, if men can show off their tits - women can too.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Manhattan artist arrested by police when she went on a topless stroll 2 years ago has accepted a $29,000 settlement from the city.
   Twenty-seven-year-old Jill Coccaro 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 August 4, 2005 for an art-show promotion to cool off.
   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 that his client won the civil rights settlement from the city, which did not admit or deny wrongdoing.
   Feeley told the New York Post 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 city marathon without police bothering her.




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