Tennessee man illegally arrested for being naked at airport terminal
NASHVILLE — A Tennessee man was illegally arrested recently for an offense that no longer exists in the state.
Eric Cherry, 53, was standing naked at Nashville-Davidson International Airport (KBNA) when all of a sudden a handful of people started gawking.
One eyewitness said he was impressed that the city’s residents went about their business instead of being outraged over Mr. Cherry’s state of nudity.
“I was pretty impressed with Nashville. Aside from a few people whose jaws were dropped, everyone else was doing their thing, going on business as usual. It was a great start to Nashville; it’s a great city,” said Todd Brilliant, one of the witnesses who was in the city from California.
Mr. Cherry was also persecuted seven years ago for a similar incident at the economy parking lot of the same airport. At that time, Tennessee did have an unconstitutional public indecency statute. That law was repealed during the 2012 legislative session and was removed from state law on January 2, 2013, effectively legalizing public nudity under state law.
We at Aiken Area Progressive strongly urge Mr. Cherry’s lawyers to vigorously fight the public indecency charge and file a lawsuit against both the city and state if needed.
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