Visitors at a Twin Cities beach learned police watch them in ways they didn’t expect.
The Golden Valley Police Department used a drone to catch beachgoers breaking the law by going topless or nude at Twin Lake, just west of Theodore Wirth Park.
The serenity on the somewhat hidden beach is what draws visitors, along with an understanding of sorts that many freely bare their body. Elsie Olin frequents the beach.
“It’s really well known for being a safe place to just be comfortable,” Olin said.
When Olin she was there Friday, July 10, that freedom of expression wasn’t free from consequence as officers began taking information from people to potentially cite them for being topless or nude.
“It had reached the point where it was time for people to be held accountable for their actions,”Golden Valley Police Det. Sgt. Randy Mahlen
Golden Valley Police Det. Sgt. Randy Mahlen says something had to be done.
“It had reached the point where it was time for people to be held accountable for their actions,” Mahlen said.
He said they have received more than a dozen complaints this spring and summer regarding people being nude, drinking alcohol or doing drugs at the beach. Over the past weeks, he said officers strictly educated beachgoers on the laws and gave warnings. But repeated complaints led to Friday’s enforcement. It included seven officers from GVPD and Minneapolis Parks Police.
Source: CBS Minnesota
Original publication 14 July, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 28th July 2020
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