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Constitution protects giving the finger to police officers, court rules

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Mar 15, 2019 7:49 PM 1+ week ago

The right to give a police officer the finger is protected by the First Amendment, according to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

The right to give a police officer the finger is protected by the First Amendment, according to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. (iStock)

Turns out, the right to give a police officer the finger is protected by the Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled this week.

Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit wrote in his opinion Wednesday that "Fits of rudeness or lack of gratitude may violate the Golden Rule. But that doesn't make them illegal or for that matter punishable."

"Any reasonable officer would know that a citizen who raises her middle finger engages in speech protected by the First Amendment," he wrote later.

According to the court documents, plaintiff Debra Cruise-Gulyas was ...

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