Increased police enforcement led to 12 arrests at the traditional running of the Naked Mile April 17, causing students to protest in the middle of streets and create their own naked runs in the following days.

Paul Wong
Abby Rosenbaum

“A couple dozen students actually ran” on April 17, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown. Many students were stopped by officers while disrobing.

Students who did not heed the advice of officers were arrested. Twelve people were arrested for various offenses the night of the Naked Mile, and Brown said DPS officials are seeking arrest warrants for six additional individuals.

Students showed their disapproval of the police presence by yelling obscenities at police officers. The crowd also organized an impromptu sit-down.

Attempts to hold unofficial runs in subsequent nights were unsuccessful. At least five people streaked the night of April 18, Brown said, and officers intercepted a gathering of more than 100 people April 21 before they could run.

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