Naked man tackled and arrested at LGBT beach
A man was humiliated after being tackled by police when his towel slipped off at a LGBT beach in New York.
On the fourth of July, gay Brooklyn photographer Krys Fox was taking pictures at the historically LGBT friendly Jacob Riis Beach in NYC, when park police tackled him in the sand and carried him off the premises.
The beach is notorious for its lax yet confusing nudity policy, but Mr Fox claims he was simply washing sand off his shorts when the incident occurred.
The shorts were still drying in the sun when his towel slipped off his waist – causing park police to quickly tackle Mr Fox into the sand and carry him off the beach naked.
“I just didn’t wrap my towel around my waist tight enough and it suddenly slipped down and I literally got sent to jail for it,” he told the Daily Dot.
Many people on social media noted the increased police presence at Riis Beach and on that day, Mr Fox said there were police everywhere – “on horses, in uniform, and undercover.”
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Others noted that the LGBT section of Riis was being specifically targeted, with little to no police on the rest of the beach.
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Multiple beachgoers shared photos and videos of the incident, which show Mr Fox being carried away by several officers while shouting, “Help me.”
He was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure then spent three hours in jail before being sent home in just the towel he was arrested in.
A spokeswoman for the National Parks Service said Mr Fox was not cooperating with police when they approached and asked for his identification.
However, Mr Fox claims his wallet was recently stolen at Pride and when he explained this to the police they became “violent”.
Watch police arrest Mr Fox below: