Awesome newz.

We’ve been seeing some pretty shitty headlines lately.  But this one certainly cheered us up:

Flipping Off Police Officers Constitutional, Federal Court Affirms

WASHINGTON — A police officer can’t pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger, a federal appeals court declared Thursday.

In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”

John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz had sued two police officers who arrested Swartz in May 2006 after he flipped off an officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, N.Y.

Hahaha.  No word yet on how this decision impacts our analysis regarding mooning as constitutionality protected speech.

[h/t nubs]

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