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Tulsa Sheriff weighs in on Topless court ruling

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 12:10:37-04

Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado gave a statement on Tuesday in regards to a court ruling regarding women going topless.

Sheriff Regalada says, “When laws are made with little regard to how it will affect the day to day operations of law enforcement, it is imperative that we analyze and discuss how we will interpret and apply these often ambiguous legal decisions. Upon further review of the 10th circuit decision and analysis of the decisions made by other circuit courts in regards to public nudity, as well as at the direction of AG Mike Hunter, who is the top law enforcement official for the state of Oklahoma, we will continue to enforce state law.”

Oklahoma laws will not change concerning women going topless in the state.

This has been a hot topic all over social media since last week.

There have also been reports of women going topless at River Parks and the Tulsa State Fair.

This all stems from a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado.

That ruling impacted five other states, including Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter released this statement:

"The majority of courts around the country that have examined this issue have upheld traditional public decency and public nudity laws. These courts have recognized that states and political subdivisions have a legitimate interest in prohibiting public nudity as traditionally defined."

Tulsa Police tell us they are no longer commenting on the issue until they get more information on the topic.

Noble McIntyre, an attorney in Oklahoma City, supported Hunter's statement.

"It is still against Oklahoma municipal code, Oklahoma City, and it's also against Oklahoma state law." McIntyre said. "At this juncture, it's not wise unless you're prepared to spend a substantial amount of money defending yourself in court."

A post by State Representative Jim Olsen out of Sallisaw, specifically states that women going topless in Oklahoma is still illegal.

Writing in the post: "Law enforcement can arrest women that break this law and they should!," Olsen wrote.

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