Federal Appeals Court: Obscene Gesture Protected by First Amendment

A federal appeals court will not throw out a lawsuit against a Michigan police officer accused of upgrading a traffic ticket to a more serious violation because a driver raised her middle finger at him, The Washington Post reports. While suggesting the woman was a bit “ungrateful,” doling out extra punishment was not reasonable, and the officer should have known it, Judge Jeffery Sutton said in his opinion. That “all too familiar gesture,” as he put it, is “protected by the First Amendment.”
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