I live alone in my own home for about 10 years and was in my home alone when I heard a knock on my back door between 6 and 7 pm. I went to the door and no one was there. I then went to my front window to look out through my porch and saw two police officers walking along my window looking inside. I went to the front door to ask how I could help them and was asked to step outside, which I did. The officer then grabbed my arm and I reflexively pulled back and said I was under arrest. I asked why I was being arrested, and he said he received a complaint that 3, I believe, kids said they saw me naked from the park behind my house. The officers were going to leave my house open and take me to be charged in just a pair of shorts and sandles until I protested, at which point we locked the house and draped a shirt over be with my hands cuffed behind my back.
They proceeded to walk me up the middle of the street to the police station a block away from my residence. At the station the officers read me my rights and began questioning me. Asking why I was outside naked to which I replied I was not. He then asked if I was prone to wearing bikini or women's underwear to which I replied excuse me! He said we could resolve this if you just show me to which I replied I'm not wearing any underwear. At that point I refused further discussion without an attorney except to ask about the specifics of what I was being charged. I did not find out until I was brought to the county jail that I had been charged with disorderly conduct, public indecency, and obscenity. I posted bond and was released. I have no previous record short of traffic violations and a DUI from over a decade ago. I feel my rights and personal privacy has been violated and that I have been arrested without warrant, or cause based on any evidence short of a dubioys complaint. How is this legal?
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