Dallas police consider possible charges against Erykah Badu

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by REBECCA LOPEZ / WFAA-TV

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Posted on April 1, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 1 at 7:13 PM

DALLAS — Neo-soul singer Erykah Badu stunned the nation after a video showing her stripping naked in front of unsuspecting visitors at Dealey Plaza appeared on the Internet.

Children were among her unintended audience during the taping last month.

“First of all, it was shocking, provocative," said Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway.

Because no one called police at the time, there have been no charges filed. Thee city does require special events permits to shoot videos, but Caraway said the city ordinance needs more teeth in it.

“Something that would better protect us so that the next time someone decides they are just going to shoot a video," he said. "It will be some protective policy in place and some consequences that would follow."

The councilman wouldn't specifically outline the policy; city attorneys must first approve changes due to the First Amendment and freedom of speech issues involved.

Meanwhile, Dallas police are looking for any witnesses who want to file complaints about the incident. They are talking to at least one person and could possibly file a charge against Badu for disorderly conduct.

"The law is the law, and whatever the law prescribes is the law we would follow," Caraway said. "I don't think it's going to be something she would go to jail behind, but certainly the message has to be sent."

Caraway added that no one should be able to strip in public and get away with it. He said he will do what he can to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The city attorney's office is going to decide in the next day or so if a disorderly conduct charge will be filed against Badu.

Dallas police sources said it will be difficult to file any kind of indecent exposure charge, because it has been at least two weeks since the video shoot, and they would have to prove that Badu showed certain body parts and that people were offended.

As a result, the department will look at the lesser charge of disorderly conduct, which is a  Class A misdemeanor.

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