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.