Man arrested for public nudity at Pride event taking case to trial, launching educational campaign
Will Walters launched 'Know Rights or No Rights'
Last Updated: 82 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Will Walters garnered national attention following his arrest for an outfit he wore at the LGBT Pride festival in 2011. Now, he is taking his case to trial and launching an educational campaign on Americans' constitutional rights.
In 2011, Walters was arrested for public nudity at the San Diego LGBT Pride festival and it garnered him national attention.
Now, with the help of his defense attorney Chris Morris, Walters is taking his case against LGBT Pride organizers and the San Diego Police Department to trial.
"This is a police officer discretion issue. We have the discretion to enforce law as we see fit. That may or may not be true and the jury of San Diego peers will ultimately decide that issue," said Morris.
Morris claims that Walters was the first person to be arrested for public nudity during a San Diego Pride event for wearing his outfit.
"It's clear to us that you have one set of standards and Over-the-Line and Mardi Gras and other public events in the city and yet another set of standards enforced at Pride," said Morris.
Morris said with the filing of the complaint, he hopes to even the standards and make them equal for all events.
Walters say police and Pride officials violated his constitutional right to express himself by arresting him for public nudity and then putting him in jail for 12 hours, so he launched a new program to help educate Americans.
The "Know Rights or No Rights" campaign, Walters hopes, will help Americans better understand their constitutional rights.
"What we want to do is educate every American on what their constitutional rights are," said Walters.
He says there is a lesson to be learned through his experience.
"Americans don't know how powerful they are until they actually know their constitutional rights," he said. "My pride has been very important to me. It was a shame that it was something that was taken away."
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