On August 4, 2005, Jill Coccaro (now Phoenix Feeley) was arrested for exposing her breasts while on a stroll. "I've always just felt that was something natural...I've kind of always done it out of practicality," explained Feeley, 27.
An appeals court ruled in 1992 that women, like men, have the right to go topless. The city arrested Feeley anyway, and has now settled for $29k without admitting or denying wrongdoing. Her lawyer stated it was their hope that the city learns a lesson.
Feeley had taken such walks without police interference since running the 2004 city marathon. This time, police held her for 12 hours before telling her she would not be charged. She also reports other inappropriate, aggressive treatment in custody.