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SF, Feb 1, Sat.: nudist rally attacked by SF cops in Castro
by SUN + Rusty ( nakity-owner [at] yahoogroups.com )
Monday Feb 3rd, 2014 1:40 PM
The hybrid city-county of San Francisco saw many body-freedom rallies during 2012-2013.
These protests have not previously provoked SF police to violence.
But the first rally of 2014, held on Saturday, February First, at Jane Warner Plaza,
was different....
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SF: Feb. 1 bodyfreedom rally attacked by SF cops
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[Saturday's]
anti-Wienerite rally
attacked by police

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[ posted in a Yahoogroup on] Sun Feb 2, 2014 1:10 pm (PST) .

Posted by:
"Rusty Mills" rusty94114
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Yesterday's rally in San Francisco
against "Wiener's Law"
was halted midway
by a police attack on several of the participants.

The event was a rally to protest San Francisco' s law against public nudity
-- a law now in place for one year.
There have been a number of such rallies during this past year, many of them punctuated by illegal police actions and violations of the U.S. Constitution by city authorities.
But yesterday' s event was the first in which police officers began acting like thugs and violently assaulted a participant.

The rally took place in Jane Warner Plaza
in the Castro District.
It began with a political speech by George Davis, who provided the crowd with some interesting information about how Supervisor Scott Wiener (the author of the anti-nudity law) was elected in 2010 with the help of a $200,000 political donation by a Southern California real estate tycoon,
and how Wiener, after being elected, began pushing legislation to overturn rent control laws and environmental restrictions affecting real estate developments.

During his speech George removed his cover-up garment to assert his Constitutional right to freedom of political expression -- i.e., nudity as part of a political campaign centered on the issue of nudity itself. Several other participants did the same.
The police then interrupted the rally to say that the activists had five minutes to cover up.

The next speech was mine.
(I've posted the text of this speech in the Files section of this group. It's called "Why freedom?" .)

In the middle of my speech the police strong-armed their way through the crowd
and violently wrestled one of the nude participants, Gamelia Numu, to the ground.
Two officers kneed him in the back while two others held him down.
Yelling in pain, Numu was handcuffed, pulled to his feet and marched to a waiting police van. George Davis was also handcuffed and led away.
[ I was told that Gypsy Taub and Jaymz Smith were also arrested.]

This shocking display of violence and illegal police behavior ended the rally.

One observer told me that Numu had resisted arrest,
and that the police were therefore justified in assaulting him.
This viewpoint ignores the fact that Wiener's Law does not permit an arrest
-- a violation [ "infraction"] has the same status as a parking violation,
not a criminal offense.
The police do not have the authority to make an arrest, only to issue a citation.
Therefore, Numu was not resisting arrest,
and the police had no basis even for touching him, let alone assaulting him.

If there is a silver lining to this disgusting incident, it is that the corrupt thugs who currently dominate the San Francisco' s city government have just supplied us
with the strongest ammunition yet to use against them in federal court
when our lawsuit to overturn Wiener's Law comes to trial.



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[ Notes by SUN:

[A] Violating THIS particular
city-county ordinance
is an INFRACTION;
not even a misdemeanor.
Thus, technically, not a "crime".
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[B] In California,
an infraction can be punished by a fine,
but NOT by a jail sentence.
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[C] This particular infraction carries a [relatively] low fine
-- one hundred dollars.
Many common infractions have higher fines.
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[D] MOST infractions, in SF, are about over-parking,
failing to pay bus fare, etc..
Most ticketed [ "cited"] persons merely mail a check
to the clerk of the
TRAFFIC court.
If a person wants to protest her ticket,
she must get onto the calendar of the traffic court,
to be arraigned, tried, diverted, whatever.
-- NOT the criminal court,
nor the civil court.
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Please send reply, if any, to:
franhattan-owner [at] yahoogroups.com
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SUN suggests joining:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Fans-of-Urban-Nudism/
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SUN suggests visiting:
http://www.MyNakedTruth.tv
http://www.bayareanaturists.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nakity/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SaveFreedom