Folks may recall that I filed a complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act against Best Buy after they called the police on me.
I finally got my official reply from the Department of Justice.
Burien, WA is a suburb of Seattle. In August they passed an ordinance that essentially bans people from any conduct that is “dangerous, unsafe, illegal, or unreasonably disruptive” on all city property, both indoors and outdoors.
And they consider bare feet to be “unreasonably disruptive”.
I’m pulling out something from a few years ago, when I first started fighting the Ohio Statehouse when they wanted to institute a footwear rule. You can see all those posts here.
Along the way, I did a few interviews. I recently came across one I did for the NPR program Whad’Ya Know? with Michael Feldman.
It’s rather interesting.
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