On Saturday, self-described Body Freedom activists gathered inside Jane Warner Plaza at Castro and Market to commemorate, and protest against, the 1-year anniversary of San Francisco's public nudity ban.
But the typically peaceful "nude-ins" took an unexpected turn when a cop wrestled a nudist to the ground after refusing to sign a citation officers issued him.
Introduced by openly gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener in 2012, the public nudity ban is meant to clothe the growing tide of nudists who were making it a common occurrence to walk around the neighborhood in the buff.
Neighborhood residents have been sharply divided on this issue. Many have stated that they have no problem with naked people in public and were more concerned with the rising cost of housing in the neighborhoods. But just as many -- if not more -- expressed relief when the ban was passed.
Saturday's Nude-In was quiet and peaceful -- at first.
George Davis, a plaintiff in the recent lawsuit which attempted to overturn the ban, took to the podium. As he removed the large, rainbow-covered sock which covered his penis, Davis shouted the word "cocksucker!" Davis was arrested at the Nude-in before SF Weekly could speak to him. He did not respond to an email requesting comment.
As the Nude-In continued, longtime nude activist Rusty Mills took to the podium. As he began to speak, an officer gave the nudists a five-minute warning to get dressed or get out.
A moment later, Mill's speech was interrupted by cries coming from nudist Gameli Anumu.
Anumu, already on the ground, was wailing in pain as several officers held him down and handcuffed him. As Anumu was taken to the paddy wagon, numerous attendees shouted accusations of police brutality. Gypsy Taub and Davis were also cuffed and arrested, without incident.
Anumu later told SF Weekly that he had kept a black censor card in front of his crotch area for most of the rally in order to remain in compliance with the code. He uncovered himself only as the other protesters did. Anumu admits that he had refused to sign a citation given to him by the officer.
"They didn't announce that the five minutes were up," he said. "The officer grabbed my arm and told me that I was now in violation. I immediately covered myself back up. He had already started dragging me towards police vehicles when he asked if I was going to sign a citation. I am not at all used to having physical force used on me. I said "no" in disbelief. I was thrown to the ground and roughly handcuffed and ziptied."