Showing police the middle finger is free speech

flipping-the-bird-mad-magazineThe United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has handed down a ruling that protects the act of flipping off police as constitutional protected free speech. So not only did the founding fathers want us to be able to own AK-47′s and M-16′s, they also wanted us to be able to flip off the police. Who knew? The guys who wrote the Constitution were a wacky bunch of guys.

The case that prompted this ruling involved John Swartz, a New York man arrested in 2006 for flipping off a cop using a radar gun at an upstate New York intersection. The police followed the car Swartz was a passanger in and after questioning him, arrested him for disorderly conduct. The charge was later dropped. Swartz then filed a civil rights lawsuit.

Personally, I think flipping the bird to anyone with a gun is a really bad idea, but that’s just me.

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