A woman from Colorado received a $ 50,000 settlement after being accused of indecent exposure for playing Frisbee topless.
Efrosini & # 39; Effie & # 39; Krokos played Frisbee on September 26 in the front yard of her fiancé in the 1100 block of Second Street Southeast.
It was reported that it was a warm day in Loveland, as a result of which the 20-year-old took off her shirt.
Efrosini & # 39; Effie & # 39; Krokos (photo) played Frisbee topless in the garden of her fiancé, as a result of which a neighbor called law enforcement
Krokos and her fiancé retreated to the house without incident, but without their knowledge, a disturbed neighbor hit the local authorities on Krokos.
She said Reporter Herald that agent Greg Harris from the Loveland police arrived at their home three hours later and issued her with a summons for indecent exposure.
& # 39; I was really upset by the whole situation because I didn't do anything wrong. I just played frisbee in my own garden with my fiance, & Krokos said.
Krokos tried to explain herself to officer Harris and quoted a recent ruling from the circuit against the public nudity regulation of Fort Collins that she heard about.
Krokos (photo): & # 39; I was really upset by the whole situation because I didn't do anything wrong. I just played Frisbee in my own garden with my fiance. & # 39;
In February 2019, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the public nudity regulation of the city of Fort Collins was a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.
The Free the Nipple v. City of Fort Collins case ruled that sex-based regulations are unconstitutional.
The court found it legal for women to appear topless wherever it was legal for a man to be topless.
The Fort Collins regulation did not previously have such a limitation against men, but forbade women to show their breasts.
Officer Harris is said to have received no training on that case and was not applicable to Loveland.
Loveland law enforcement claimed that Krokos had violated a city regulation prohibiting exposure to public places or places
A Loveland city ordinance limits exposure to public places or places in public.
Krokos, who grew up in New York and moved to Loveland in 2017, is studying at Fort Range Community College to become a history teacher.
If she had been convicted, she would have been confronted with a class 1 crime and would be at risk of registering as a sex offender.
& # 39; If I have this in my file, I cannot be a teacher, & # 39; said Krokos.
She tried to convince several lawyers to tackle her case in vain, until attorney David Lane of Killmer of Lane & Newman LLP agreed.
The Free the Nipple case v. City of Fort Collins ruled that gender ordinances & # 39; unconstitutional & # 39; were and thought it was legal for women to appear topless wherever a man could (photo)
Lane is uniquely qualified for the job because he represented the plaintiffs in the Fort Collins Free the Nipple case.
He wrote a letter to the city of Loveland on October 24, proposing a settlement rather than a federal lawsuit.
The city agreed and paid Krokos $ 50,000, making it the first claim for a woman wrongly charged with being topless in the country.
Loveland spokesman Tom Hacker told Reporter Herald: & although the officer issued the summons according to the appropriate protocols and in accordance with our local legislation, the city has, on the advice of its insurance company, the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency, the Settlement offer extended to female. & # 39;
Krokos: & # 39; Woman is equal, we must be able to do what a man can do and that is all & # 39;
Likewise, the Loveland Police Department has issued a statement stating that agent Harris was acting in accordance with the protocol, but officers are now being trained to prevent future incidents.
The statement said: & # 39; The Loveland Police Department has provided officers and will continue to train them with regard to legislative changes. & # 39;
& # 39; The police enforce laws as written and receive weekly legal updates if the laws change continuously. & # 39;
The scheme came into effect on Thursday and the city council was established to revise the regulation for a possible change.
Krokos is relieved by the outcome, but says that fighting the charges had nothing to do with the payout.
& # 39; This is not about the money. It was never about the money. I didn't even know there was going to be money & # 39 ;, she said KDVR.
& # 39; Women are equal, we must be able to do what a man can and that is all. & # 39;
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