Should giving the finger warrant an arrest?
In 2006, a Veitnam veteran’s car was pulled over (his wife was driving) after he flipped the bird at a passing cop. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, and he sued based on the premise that giving the middle finger didn’t constitute disorderly conduct. The lower court threw out his lawsuit, but it has now been revived by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The court asserts, “Indeed, such a gesture alone cannot establish probable cause to believe a disorderly conduct violation has occurred.”
While his case isn’t a slam dunk, he’s happy that it’s being heard.
What do you think? Is flipping the bird enough to warrant an arrest?
taylala on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 12:15 am
Hell no!!!! My mom does it all the time to cops!!!
singlesurfer15 on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm
its a freedom of spech so no its not ok!
Joatham on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm
It is true though that most cops abuse their powers. There’s really a rariety when you find cops that do not! . If it wasn’t for the fact that they’re some of the first to respond to an emergency call, there would be a general out cry all over the country to disband the police force!
Kangyaroo on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm
LMAO, of course not! It’s not hurting anyone xP Some cops just over use their power >.>
Country_Boy803 on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm
The First Amendment protects us from the Government,police are part of the Government so them arresting him is violating his rights as an American,I’ll be sure to start flipping off cops for now on.
Hannah591 on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm
No because everyone should be arrested if they give the middle finger to someone to make it fair. I doubt the police will be up for arresting anyone who puts their middle finger up to someone! Too much work for them!
Tw1stedL0gic on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm
I thought abuse, verbal or physical, was an offence anyway? 0.o
resulting in fines or whatever. And if bad enough, being arrested.
LpKat on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm
LOL no that’s stupid. Some cops just like to abuse their authority.
alexiswashere on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:15 am
Most cops are so full of themselves.
Experiments on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:55 am