Court Rules It’s Chill To Flip Off Cops
As the Associated Press reports, a court ruled in favor of Jon Swartz, a man in St. Johnsville, NY, who, in 2006, was pulled over after flipping off a police car running a speed trap. The police officer called for backup, and Swartz was arrested for disorderly conduct. The charges were dropped, but Swartz pursued a malicious prosecution lawsuit against the police. The court ruled that the middle finger in and of itself is not just cause for pulling over a vehicle that hasn’t committed any infractions. It further declared the near-universal recognition of the gesture as an insult, citing Strepsiades flipping off Aristotle in ancient Greece and a 1886 photograph of a Boston Beaneaters pitcher giving the finger to the New York Giants team. Swartz’s lawyer called it “an important victory for human rights.”
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Nobody actually expects you to act like an adult for a while.
“What are you going to do with an English degree?”
I’m finding it hard to muster any sympathy for this asthmatic leatherneck. Instead, there is only contempt.
He noted that during trial, the women (we made up three out of the four mockers) mumbled to ourselves in between questioning witnesses.