Someone flips you the bird, what do you do?
Read this story and then post what you would most likely do in the given scenario:
4 O'Clock Fodder: Welcome to America, where you have the right to flip a bird to a cop | al.com
Be sure to read some of the comments too. Mine starts on page 2. I swear, stupid people just make me laugh sometimes.
4 O'Clock Fodder: Welcome to America, where you have the right to flip a bird to a cop
By Press-Register staff
March 01, 2010, 3:59PM
The Oregonian/Thomas Boyd)Robert Ekas filed a federal lawsuit to defend what he says is his First Amendment right to express himself by flipping off police officers. "I did it because I have the right to do it," Ekas said. "We all have that right, and we all need to test it. Otherwise we'll lose it."
When Robert J. Ekas decided to exercise his right to free speech, he didn't open his mouth.
He hoisted his middle finger.
His single-digit protests, aimed at Clackamas County (Ore.) sheriff's deputies last year, resulted in verbal showdowns, traffic tickets and, ultimately, a federal lawsuit.
Giving a police officer the finger may be a rude and ill-advised gesture, but it is not against the law, legal experts say.
"The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that speech may not be prohibited simply because some may find it offensive," said Ira P. Robbins, a law professor from American University in Washington, D.C. "Virtually every time someone is arrested for this, assuming there's no other criminal behavior ... the case is either dismissed before trial or the person is convicted at trial and wins on appeal."
The Oregon case is reminiscent of a Mobile case that gained national attention in 2007.