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Man suing NOPD after officer threatens to arrest him for wearing a skirt

by Gwen Filosa, The Times-Picayune
Tuesday May 05, 2009, 9:00 AM

Jeremy Don Kerr enjoys wearing a skirt in public. And he wants a federal court to ensure that a man can do so in peace.

Kerr has sued the New Orleans Police Department in U.S. District Court over a May 2008 incident in which he says a uniformed officer threatened to arrest him for wearing a black pinstriped skirt, hemmed two inches above the knee, instead of pants to Municipal Court.

"He followed me out of the courtroom yelling at me, he grabs me by the shoulder and pulls me around, " Kerr said Monday. "He had no right to ask me that question. You couldn't ask a woman, 'Why are you wearing pants?' "

In a civil-rights lawsuit filed last month, Kerr describes himself as "a heterosexual male of Scottish ancestry" who was made a victim of discrimination by his choice of attire.

He seeks a declaratory judgment s


Added: May-6-2009 Occurred On: May-5-2009
By: popehat
Tags: man skirt, lawsuit, new orleans police dept. times picayune
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (load item map)
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