Four arrested in S.F. after nudity ban takes effect
San Francisco police on Friday began enforcing a controversial new ordinance that bans nudity outdoors, citing four activists after they stripped down in front of City Hall.
“Freedom of expression is dead in this country,” nude activist George Davis shouted as he was taken into a police van, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Protesters were given a 15-minute warning before the citations, which come with a $100 fine.
On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by nude activists who said that the ordinance violated their 1st Amendment rights.
After complaints about so-called “Naked Guys” gathering daily in the city’s Castro District, San Francisco supervisors voted in November to ban public nudity citywide, except for at permitted festivals and parades.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz