The NYPD's propensity to use condoms as evidence of prostitution is well-documented, but apparently they find a pea coat and blue jeans similarly salacious.
The Post reports that a Manhattan judge tossed out prostitution charges against 26-year-old Felicia McGinnis because police alleged that a uniform of "black pea coat, skinny jeans and platform shoes" screamed Pay Me For Sex.
“Any current issue of a fashion magazine would display plenty of women similarly dressed,” Judge Felicia Mennin wrote in her decision. “[The] characterization of the jeans as ‘revealing’ because they ‘outlined the defendant’s legs’ seems more to be expected in the dress code of a 1950s high school than a criminal-court pleading."
Judge Mennin added, “The defendant’s clothing in this case stands in stark contrast to the clothing relied upon as circumstantial proof of loitering for purposes of prostitution."
An NYPD spokesman argued that officers arrested McGinnis on West 48th Street last January not only because of her clothing, but because she had spoken to three different people in a 20-minute period. McGinnis has 16 previous arrests for prostitution since 2011, but the judge didn't buy the cops' rationale.
"A pea coat is still standard issue to members of the US Navy…and blue jeans, skin-tight or baggy, are practically an American icon.”