Gotopless denounces arrest of NYC woman taken to a mental hospital for legally going topless
Ms. Van Voast was within her legal rights to go topless there, but the police treated her like a deranged, violent person. It’s outrageous!
After the arrest, to add to her humiliation, she was forced to wait several hours in a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. This incident was an act of pure insanity on the part of the NYPD and of a deranged society in general.
Are men taken to mental hospitals and made to undergo psychiatric evaluations for taking off their shirts? This is an extreme case of a women’s rights violation; it constitutes blatant discrimination against women, and it’s also a human rights violation that can’t be tolerated in a democracy that prides itself for policing the world over human rights issues. The NYPD must be prosecuted immediately!
This latest topless-related arrest is especially noteworthy because of another New York City court case in 2007, concerning a public topless charge. Phoenix Feeley and her attorney, Jeff Rothman, successfully sued New York City for wrongful arrest, forcing the city to pay $29,000 in damages.