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Charlottesville police and topless protester settle lawsuit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A lawsuit has been settled between police and a woman who was arrested for exposing her breasts during August’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Daily Progress reported June 7 that the undisclosed settlement agreement was reached that week. The financial terms are confidential. But the officers acknowledged they were in the wrong.

Police arrested Morgan Hopkins on indecent exposure charges Aug. 12. She and others removed their shirts to protest society’s differing treatment of male and female breasts.

The indecent exposure charge was later dismissed in Charlottesville General District Court

Hopkins’ attorney, Jeff Fogel, said Virginia’s indecent exposure statute does not differentiate between men and women and that nudity itself is not indecent exposure.

He said the offense requires either obscenity or an “appeal to the prurient interest.”

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