Showing police the middle finger is free speech

The 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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Rick Rottman

I was born and raised in southern California, but now live, work, and blog from Hagerstown, Maryland. You can follow me on Twitter or be my fake friend on Facebook.

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