This is BX @ Boxden.com


Jan 4 - Court upholds right to give police the finger


 Jan 4 - Court upholds right to give police the finger
topic by DNa BRoWN - 01-04-2013, 04:53 PM - Boxden > BX Daily Bugle - news and headlines


You cannot be arrested for giving the finger to police, according to a Thursday ruling in a federal appeals court.

A New York man, John Swartz, was followed by police, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in 2006 when, according to court filings, he saw police officers with a radar detector at an intersection and “expressed his displeasure … by reaching his right arm outside the passenger side window and extending his middle finger over the car’s roof.”

The charges against Swartz were dismissed on speedy trial grounds, but he then brought a damages claim against the police — a claim that was tossed out in a lower Albany court when the judge sided with the police’s account that they had followed the man believing his hand gesture to be some sort of distress signal. On Thursday, however, the appeals court ruled against this conclusion, noting “the nearly universal recognition that this gesture is an insult.” (The ruling highlights the ancient history of the insult in its footnotes, pointing out that Aristophanes wrote of Strepsiades flipping off Aristotle).

“Such a gesture alone cannot est@blish probable cause to believe a disorderly conduct violation has occurred,” the ruling stated. Swartz can now take his damages claim against the police back to a lower court and the rest of us can rest a$sured that flipping the bird at authority is protected.

Swartz’s lawyer went so far as to call Thursday’s ruling an “important victory for civil rights.” He told local reporters, “It reaffirms that just because you insult a police officer doesn’t give that police officer the right to detain you or arrest you and take away your liberty.”

Court upholds right to give police the finger - Salon.com


Latest News Hot Topics »   share this topic »   Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook

8 comments for "Jan 4 - Court upholds right to give police the finger"


 01-04-2013, 06:26 PMaway - #2
cashrules93 

  d 
space
$3,087 | 3702356
as long as you dont threaten a cop you can say what you want...you can say "i think youre a ####in ####" and that falls under our right to criticize the government. i wouldnt recommend it, may not get arrested but you might get your head bounced off the hood of the cruiser.
 01-04-2013, 07:02 PMaway - #3
Quest7 146 heat pts146

  d 
space
$900 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by cashrules93
as long as you dont threaten a cop you can say what you want...you can say "i think youre a ####in ####" and that falls under our right to criticize the government. i wouldnt recommend it, may not get arrested but you might get your head bounced off the hood of the cruiser.

 01-04-2013, 08:52 PMaway - #4
DIGI 88 heat pts88

  d 
space
$8,029 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by cashrules93
as long as you aren't blackk you can say what you want...you can say "i think youre a ####in ####" if you're not black and that falls under our right to criticize the government. i wouldnt recommend it, may not get arrested but you might get you beaten or shot if you're black.
fixed
 01-04-2013, 09:01 PMaway - #5
cashrules93 

  d 
space
$3,087 | 3702356
That's better thanks
 01-04-2013, 09:19 PMaway - #6
CS35 10 heat pts10

  d 
space
$9,063 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by <<InphDigi>>
fixed
never fails
 01-05-2013, 11:56 AMaway - #7
choong 8 heat pts

  d 
space
$3,300 | 9099450
Court upholds right to give police the finger
ewwww
 01-05-2013, 05:03 PMaway - #8
foshomoney 61 heat pts61

  d 
space
$20,973 | POWERFUL
that fact this had to go to court proves the retardation of babylon system
 01-05-2013, 05:08 PMaway - #9
ThaLockerRoom 26 heat pts26

  d 
space
$1,167 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by <<InphDigi>>
fixed
True.
 
 


Go Back   Boxden.Com - Stay First. Follow BX. > BX Table Of Contents > BX Daily Bugle - news and headlines
    
         

 



Latest hot topics on fire the past 48 hrs
Video inside  Ayo Chris Smoove girl is bad as sh-t
61 comments
Twitter Reacts to DOTA2 broadcast on ESPN2.
82 comments
Great games you wouldn't be caught dead playing today...
56 comments
 Image(s) inside Every Time!!!!!!!!
New reply 12 minutes ago - 88 comments - by tokinjohn
 audio inside The Weeknd - King Of The Fall
New reply 25 minutes ago - 105 comments - by EKEK
 Article inside Jay Z & Beyoncé Reportedly Trying To Split Without...
New reply 12 minutes ago - 186 comments - by CrunchTime CDN
 Article inside Marvel Will Not Move ‘captain America 3′ For ‘ba...
New reply 29 minutes ago - 78 comments - by SM
 Image(s) inside Kendrick Lamar Covers Complex Magazine
New reply 16 minutes ago - 63 comments - by Fwxvgo
 NFL Jaws Top 30 Qb List
New reply 34 minutes ago - 214 comments - by tre0624
 Image(s) inside Bx, Is It Safe To Say That Drake's Career Is Bigger Th...
New reply 24 minutes ago - 160 comments - by Avon_Barksdale
 Video inside Destiny's First-ever 1080p Xbox One Footage – Ign First
New reply 42 minutes ago - 86 comments - by LaRy BLanco

Like BX on Facebook Follow BX on Twitter
5,756 fans of BX | none new today 4,746 following | none new today

hot topic blog   »    hip-hop   |   sports   |   movies   |   games   |   news   |   wild'ish   |   gear   |   rides   |   tech

contact us   |   mobile   |   privacy statement

© Boxden.com. 1998 - end of time.