Body Freedom rally ends in police force
We missed this news over the weekend, but thought readers might like to know about the Body Freedom rally that happened on Saturday at Jane Warner Plaza.
After District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener’s nudity ban legislation passed the Board of Supervisors with close 6-5 vote and went into effect early last year, Body Freedom activists started holding regular “nude ins” to protest the ban. Most times someone gets nude either at Jane Warner Plaza or Harvey Milk Plaza, is cited, and if refuses to put on clothes is taken down to the Hall of Justice and cited. Peacefully. This past Saturday was the first such “nude in” of the new year, but things went a little differently.
Body Freedom activist George Davis led the rally and decried Wiener’s Legislation. Rusty Mills, an activist who spoke at the rally and filed a report on Bay Area Indy Media, noted that Davis was connecting Supervisor Wiener to housing displacement nefariousness, revealing information about a “$200,000 political donation by a Southern California real estate tycoon to Wiener’s election campaign, and how Wiener, after being elected, began pushing legislation to overturn rent control laws and environmental restrictions affecting real estate developments.”
Davis goes on during his speech to reveal himself completely at which point many of the other Body Freedom protesters follow suit. Police then step in and give the protesters a warning and tell them they have 5 minutes to cover up.
— Eric Louie (@EricLouieOfSF) February 1, 2014
Mills continues, “the police strong-armed their way through the crowd and violently wrestled one of the nude participants, Gamelia Numu, to the ground. Two officers kneed him in the back while two others held him down. Yelling in pain, Numu was handcuffed, pulled to his feet and marched to a waiting police van. George Davis was also handcuffed and led away. [ I was told that Gypsy Taub and Jaymz Smith were also arrested.]”
The protest ended with several Bay Area photographers snapping photos of police pinning a nude man to the ground.
C. W. Nevius at SF Gate reported on it in his usual fashion noting spitefully that the “loony nudists” are the winners here. “Seeing that photo in the paper made the protesters look like they were being roughed up by cops,” Nevius wrote.
SF Weekly’s David-Elijah Nahmod has a full report on it here.