Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SF Nudists to Memorialize
Naked Alabama Teen Killed by Cop

(The late Gil Collar.)

Members of the Castro's nudist community are mourning the killing of Gil Collar, an 18-year-old student fatally shot over the weekend by a University of Southern Alabama police officer. At the time of his death on campus grounds in Mobile, Collar was naked and allegedly had LSD in his system.

The university is withholding the name of the officer involved and won't be releasing a surveillance tape showing a sequence of events leading up to the killing. Collar's family has retained the Beasley Allen Law Firm to represent their interests.

While Collar is not known to have been a nudist, the fact that he was naked at the time of the fatally shooting is of grave concerns to nudists in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood.

Nudist leader Mitch Hightower is helping to create a memorial to Collar on Thursday, October 11 starting at 6 PM in Jane Warner Plaza at Castro and Market Streets.

That public space is where nudists generally gather to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance of the human body without clothes. Other nudists and their supporters will display photos of Collar and a written explanation about why a memorial is being organized in his honor, candles will be lit, flowers laid out and activists will speak about Collar's death.

All are welcome to join the memorial tomorrow.

According to a story in the Birmingham News written by Theresa Seiger, students and community activists today staged a protest against the University of Southern Alabama Police Department. Folks held signs demanding justice for Collar, use of tasers instead of guns by officers, and an end to violence. The images above were taken by Birmingham News photographer Mike Brantley.

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