Saturday, November 05, 2005

If Topless, They'll Be Busted,1,5956978.story?

SACRAMENTO — Topless women holding a protest may be ho-hum in San Francisco, but at the state Capitol, police say such a display could corrupt children, prompt drivers to veer off the road and cause sex offenders to run amok.

The California Highway Patrol has warned members of an organization called Breasts Not Bombs that if they dare to take their shirts off during a protest scheduled at the Capitol on Monday, they will be arrested and possibly forced to register with the state as sex offenders.

Yes that's right. The same breasts that feed a child could corrupt them.

"I don't think this is a matter of being prudish," said Nathan Barankin, a spokesman for the California attorney general's office, which is representing the state police in court. "The state Capitol is a unique venue open to everyone…. But it is not a forum for nudity."

No, no prudishness invloved.

State police say that when the group filed for a protest permit last month, there was no indication that Breasts Not Bombs was going to go topless. But the group's name made them suspicious.

"I decided to conduct some research," CHP Officer Keith Troy wrote in his court declaration. It's unclear what that research involved. But soon Troy called Glaser, who acknowledged that breasts would be bared.

Research! Probably went to a topless bar.

The state also said in its court filing that nudity would "create an immediate hazard to the general motoring public," expose picnicking children to indecency and present "a particularized danger to the public" because "sex offenders have been known to frequent" the park surrounding the Capitol.

Maybe the govenator will be there. Someone might get groped.



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