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    According to CBC News, three women are filing a complaint for being stopped for being topless in Kitchener, Ont.

    Kitchener women say they were stopped by police for cycling topless

    Sisters plan to file formal complaint with police watchdog
    By Albert Delitala, CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2015 5:02 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015 9:08 AM ET

    Three Kitchener, Ont., sisters are planning to file a formal complaint after they say they were stopped by a police officer for cycling topless.

    Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed took off their shirts while riding their bikes in downtown Kitchener on Friday evening because of the heat. They say they received mostly positive reaction, until a police officer stopped them on Shanley Street.
    "He said, 'Ladies, you need to put on some shirts,'" said Tameera Mohamed. "We said, 'No we don't ... it's our legal right in Ontario to be topless as women.'"
    The officer said there had been complaints, according to Mohamed. She said the officer began backtracking once her sister, Alysha, began recording with her smartphone. The officer then denied having pulled them over for riding topless, before letting them continue their ride, Mohamed said.
    "We went on our way and went straight to the police station to report it," she said.
    Waterloo regional police acknowledge there was an incident involving three topless female cyclists and a police officer, but would not discuss the incident in detail.
    "We're doing an internal review on the situation," said Staff Sgt. Michael Haffner. "It is a current law that if a female chooses to go topless, that is their right."
    The sisters say they plan to file a formal complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, which oversees public complaints against municipal and regional police services in Ontario as well as the Ontario Provincial Police.
    "When men take off their tops in public, it's clearly because it's a hot day and clearly it's for their comfort. Women should be given the same freedom," said Nadia Mohamed. "Even though legally we have that right, socially we clearly don't."
    The women are holding a rally in uptown Waterloo on Saturday to support the desexualizing of women's bodies. Shirts will be optional.
    In July 1991, University of Guelph student Gwen Jacob was charged after removing her top on a hot summer day. That act started a movement, eventually giving all women in Ontario the legal right to expose their breasts.

  • #2
    All women every where should have the legal right to be top free. The officer was either ignorant of the law or something else.


    • #3
      Interesting that even in an article where the writer clearly strives to be fair, topfree men are described at 'taking off their tops' and topfree women are described as 'exposing their breasts'.


      • #4
        Also they were very lucky to be in Ontario, Canada. Even though women have the same legal right to be topfree in much of America, no cop has to back off or apologize for stopping someone after a complaint even if they aren't doing anything wrong. In the US they could evem have been charged with failure to comply with the orders of an officer - essentially disorderly conduct, even though they were being ordered to stop doing something they have a right to do. In the US many departments (NYC in particular) have been sued and paid thousands in settlements for improperly arresting and charging women with indecent exposure. The police have learned to charge them with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest instead - this is what has happened in Ohio where topfreedom is legal, but cops can still harass women if they please.