Yeah, good luck with that.
So this means we can flip off “judges” when we don’t like their verdict? Cool!
Would that rule hold if a defendant did that to judges ? I suspect not, and that rather judges punish lack of respect to themselves without extending that respect to other officers.
“She’s Number One in the Nation!”
One person found out the consequences for flipping off the judge...
61 is decades beyond old enough to know better.
Her husband, children and grandchildren must be so proud of her.
You hate your dog, don’t you?
very rude to do, but I think protected under first amendment. Been that way for years. The Cohen case basically decided the issue.
BTW, you’re right about the judge. He can say you can shoot the bird at others, but do it to him in his courtroom and you are going to jail.
The Civil Society is no more.
If you’ve got a beef with the officer, take it up with internal affairs.
Torn on this - I agree that “disrespecting” a cop with a hand signal should not be illegal or punishable, if one is stupid enough to do it for getting a warning (lesser violation than what could be issued) then that person deserves to have the warning revoked and an actual ticket issued....
Context, context, context.
Her “finger” came after the encounter ending in her first ticket.
He was leaving, she was leaving, and she expressed her personal disgust. (** Did she have a right to?? I think yes.)
THEN, reacting to the woman’s gesture, the cop stops her and gives her a second ticket for an offense he apparently did not think was appropriate the first time.
No matter how rude the woman was, the cop has probably lost his side of the case due to the second ticket he issued. He might of tried to charge her with some other offense relative to her behavior alone.
Can you imagine some “protest” and cops arresting folks just for rude gestures protesters make at them? I can’t.
Yes, the law says you must “obey” “lawful” orders from police during their official business with you. Upon conclusion of that encounter, your speech is not restricted from expressing your feelings about the police persons involved.