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06/18/2007 07:42 PM ID: 63116 Permalink   

New York Settles for $29k with Woman Arrested Topless


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.

    WebReporter: MomentOfClarity Show Calling Card      
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They set the law, they can live with it. She's right to sue and right to win. It's not a matter of whether its tasteful, right or wrong, the laws set, and they broke it for arresting her for something legal.
  by: seniorgato     06/18/2007 08:07 PM     
Well spoken, now if we could just get them to enforce all the other laws.
  by: Classy   06/18/2007 08:09 PM     
  15 years to let all cops know!?!?!?!  
This really blows me away. The appeals court decided this in 1992 and yet the NY police keep arresting and ticketing women all the time. I have seen videos that have been done in the past couple of years that have women posing topless around NY and there are always a couple of cops who come up and start hassling the women or stating that they can't do it. How hard is it for the city to tell every NY cop that women can take their shirts off in NY City? The city has had 15 years to do it! It really should have cost the city a lot more than $29,000.
  by: edwardrt   06/18/2007 08:15 PM     
  Why arrest her?  
Has crime in NY become so rare that the police have to go around arresting half naked women?

I can't imagine anything more inoffensive than a women with her breasts bared.
  by: CrisW   06/18/2007 11:13 PM     
  Let's see . . .  
false arrest, false imprisonment, assault, battery, deprivation of civil rights under color of authority, . . . $29k is way too cheap.
  by: walter3ca   06/18/2007 11:33 PM     
I have seen some men going that was indecent exposure
  by: mikkitaz   06/18/2007 11:39 PM     
  by: ukcn001XYZ   06/19/2007 12:38 AM     
Hit me with the pics buddy ; ]
  by: Zmethod     06/19/2007 05:54 AM     
  Sorry guys  
I tried, but the Google didn't pony up. Dust off your imaginations...she's 27 and, two or so years ago, ran a marathon. Now, maybe there was some saggage and this was a civil service, but that's not how I like to think of it.
  by: MomentOfClarity     06/19/2007 06:14 AM     
I think women should be commended for exposing their breasts in public. If she does it often enough, she should get the key to the city from the mayor.
  by: lĀ“anglais     06/19/2007 04:43 PM     
Be careful what you wish for...... There are a lot of 50 year old, 300 lb woman who would love to strut their stuff in your local Walmart....
  by: seniorgato     06/19/2007 05:04 PM     
  thats why the saying:  
no shirt, no shoes, no service...;O)~
  by: ladiedragonfli   06/19/2007 06:43 PM     
search for Phoenix Feeley only pics I found are back to by gives ya an idea
  by: mav738   06/19/2007 11:15 PM     
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