(CBS) — A woman ticketed in Chicago this summer for indecent exposure has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.
Sonoko Tagami was cited for indecent exposure at a Go Topless Day event this summer. The event was sponsored by an organization called “Go Topless.”
“One of its principles is that there should be gender equality in bare-chestedness; that if men can be bare-chested in public, women can be bare-chested in public,” said Tagami’s attorney, Kenneth Flaxman
Tagami, 41, was fined $140 for being topless at North Avenue Beach in August; or at least, in the eyes of a female police officer, Tagami was not conforming to the city’s indecent exposure ordinance, according to Flaxman.
The lawsuit claims the city’s ordinance is too vague, and discriminates against women. The city’s municipal code prohibits women from exposing “any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola,” by not concealing it with “an opaque covering.”