Sacramento police arrested two members of an organization called Breasts Not Bombs after they removed their tops during a protest on the steps of the state Capitol yesterday, reports the Los Angeles Times. The women were protesting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot measures in today’s special election. The Sacramento County district attorney’s office has not decided whether to prosecute the protesters, and if so, whether to seek to have them listed as sex offenders.
A judge had refused to block the arrests. Angered that the women could be listed on the sex offender registry if convicted of lewd acts, state Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) said she would introduce legislation to decriminalize the baring of breasts in public. “While it is legal for men to go shirtless in public in California,” she said, “women risk being classified as sex offenders for baring the same body parts.”