Here is a bit more information on the situation I talked about yesterday, with an acquaintance being detained by police for being barefoot and shirtless late at night. I also got some questions that I would like to address.
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A barefoot and shirtless acquaintance of mine from south Texas was recently detained by the police, simply because he was barefoot and shirtless (outside). He would like to know if this was false imprisonment, and whether had has a cause of action to sue them.
The answer, as is so often the case in these situations, is
There is simply no place in the U.S. where it is illegal to walk barefoot down city streets in the normal course of life. There was even a court case that found such a city ordinance, in Youngstown, Ohio, unconstitutional.
However, every now and again there is a street festival that takes it upon itself to have a footwear condition. The Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak, Michigan, is one of them.