Woman goes topless, gets ticket; now suing city

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CHICAGO -- A woman is suing the city of Chicago after being ticketed for going topless this summer.

Attorney Kenneth Flaxman says his client, Sonoko Tagami, 41, was participating in a "Go Topless" event in August along the city`s beachfront. The event was designed to be a protest for women to have the right to expose their breasts in public.

Flaxman insists his client was wearing opaque body- paint on her nipples when she was approached by two female Chicago police officers who cited Tagami for violating the city's "indecent exposure" ordinance– by being topless.

"We're seeking protection for basic rights protected by the 1st and 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States," Flaxman said. "You can't enforce that ordinance if you don't like what someone is saying, which I think what happened. And the ordinance also seems to apply uneven treatment to men and to women."

Tagami was slapped with a $140 fine and was threatened with arrest if she didn`t cover up.

The lawsuit does not specify a dollar amount for damages. Flaxman is hoping a jury will decide that.

Tagami's attorney says the ultimate goal is to see this ordinance changed.

The city says it has not yet reviewed the lawsuit.

Source: WGN