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Benicia Police Department
Wednesday November 16th, 2011 :: 05:11 p.m. PST


Woman who stripped holding "Occupy" sign arrested in front of the Benicia City Park last Saturday

A Benicia Police motorcycle officer, on patrol Saturday November 12th at 11:42 am, came across a 52 year old Benicia woman who had stripped naked and was holding a hand made "Occupy" sign at the intersection of First Street and Military West.

The officer saw the woman as she was disrobing and immediately contacted her. She then completely disrobed and momentarily held the sign above her head. After repeated requests by the officer to put her clothes on, the woman refused and was taken into custody without incident for indecent exposure. The location she had chosen to stop at is in front of a busy city park and on the corner of Benicia's main downtown intersection.

The woman, who is unemployed, was taken to the Benicia Police Department and provided her reasons for her actions. Due to confidentiality laws, her motives and reasons will not be disclosed. Since she indicated that she would return to the same intersection and disrobe again, she was booked into the Solano County Jail in Fairfield for one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure. The woman was arraigned yesterday (November 15th) and released from jail at that time.

"This is the first incident we have experienced where someone has identified themselves with the Occupy movement," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "Unfortunately, her actions were a clear violation of the law and our officer had no option but to arrest her as she continually refused to put her clothes back on."

For information on this press release, please contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)746-4259 or via e-mail. The woman's name and booking photo are public information, however we have elected not to release it with this press release. Any media organizations who would like to request this information, please contact Lt. Daley.

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

Michael Daley

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