Best
119 Comments
Post
  • #1
    !
    I don't think it should be a criminal offense, however, I would hope that everyone's mother has raised them to be a respectful citizen.
  • #28
    !
    But sometimes in town when you see that a-hole cop that everyone hates bc he bows down to his badge at least deserves 1 or 2 birds shit his way, per day.
  • #32
    !
    Ah, yes... the Tennessee Salute of Affection - 'you're number one with me'. Used to be a butt whuppin' offense but now we just do it for laughs (among friends anyway).
  • #43
    !
    We seldom disagree. However this time we do. Based on about 70% of the cops I have known in my lifetime (and I have no criminal record) I think it should be mandatory to give the cops the finger.
  • R Load more replies

  • #72
    !
    Just more proof of the lack of personal responsibility , decency & morals. I truly hate to say this , but , just simply punch them in the forehead with your best shot , perhaps they will understand it's nothing personal - just a another freedom of expression. The 'disorderly conduct' fine would be well worth it. You have an opinion - I have an opinion , so what's the issue .
  • #2
    !
    As a general practice I give cops the benefit of the doubt til other evidence may change my mind but I have and I will give the finger to a punk cop. I'm allowed that opinion in the First Amendment and I'd still flip the bird to a punk even if I weren't. The cop in this case perverted his authority just because he took the finger personal. Some things you just have to suck up. This is still America.
  • #20
    !
    As a former law enforcement officer, I too have received the 'middle finger salute' on several occasions, any good officer would return that salute with nimble dexterity without further adieu. Ones usually safe engaging 'smokey' in this manner without recourse. However, I have investigated a couple of shootings that left several dead that emanated over the sign language of 'FU'. Be careful it could happen to you as well......
  • #21
    !
    actually this sadly is no longer America,it is the US which is legally a corporation,thats why the government does not see the need to adhere to the constitution
  • #58
    !
    @MongoAPillager Yes, because as we all know a fedeal judge siding with free speech over a warrantless search and incarceration is the very definition of going against the constitution. <If you missed it, that was sarcasm.
  • R Load more replies

  • #31
    !
    I am all for the 1st Amendment, and understand what it means to have freedom of speech. Based on daily interaction with a lot of people, it appears we, as a nation, are doing things "because we can" as opposed to whether or not we should..
  • #73
    !
    That a person can cheerfully show blatant disrespect for law enforcement officials and get away with it, knowing that the police officer
    has to stand there and take the abuse, is unacceptable to me. Frankly, my view is that
    this judge should be suspended or permanently removed from the bench. If anyone,
    God forbid, was to display a middle finger to disrespect this judge in the judge's courtroom,
    guess what folks? Does anyone think that he would turn the other cheek? Hardly.
  • #81
    !
    Exactly, right or wrong, fair or not, highly paid judges get the ultimate power of 'Contemp of the Court'! However underpaid policemen have to except like the rest of society.
  • #33
    !
    Hope the judges who sat on the court of appeals that ruled on this, never need the police...might take sometime getting there, or loose the report and have to refile. Boloing for suspects sure can take a while not to mention if their call isn't "life threatening" it could "pend" for the on coming shift....12 hours later.
  • #39
    !
    @justapirate not at all. You can freely express yourself in any manner you like, just don't bear false witness to the manner in which the enforce the law. Good for goose is good for gander. Or does turn about is fair play work better for you?
  • R Load more replies

  • #13
    !
    Based on a similar scenario that happened 35 years ago in NYC. A motorist was arrested for "insulting an officer while in the perfomance of his duty" by giving the cop the middle finger while he was directing traffic. Later....the motorist and the cop both appeared in court over that incidence -- the judge ruled in favor of the motorist as a segment of "free speech." The judge then asked the cop if he had any questions - the cop gave him a disgusted look and give HIM the finger as he walked from the court room....

    What comes around goes around, no?
  • #5
    !
    This article is misleading or I am reading it wrong. The “reasonable suspicion” was probably what the officer stated was his reason for pulling them over. I don’t know why he would have arrested them. If it is for the finger, he should have known it would have gotten thrown out. It is outlandish behavior and if they are causing a distraction to other driver's that is a reason to at least see if they were intoxicated or just a progressive.
  • #6
    !
    It's pretty much accepted that if one is up to something nefarious you wouldn't call a cop's attention to yourself. In the case of the flying finger at a cop there would be a 'reasonable suspicion' that they were just giving the finger.
  • #7
    !
    @justapirate LoL...apparently you'd be very surprised. Do yourself a favor. This weekend go to your local department, and ask if you can do a “ride along.” You may find it interesting.
  • #8
    !
    @XLP Uh,,,ahem,,, I didn't speak from a lack of experience. There are always exceptions to the rule but there is still the rule.
  • #10
    !
    @justapirate Hmm ok...you are saying give the finger and were doing nothing wrong/not intoxicated. So want a cookie? LOL...Are you a progressive?
  • #11
    !
    If you don't know why he arrested them you don't get it. He arrested him because he could. He abused his authority. I hope they sue him and the department and win big enough so every city out there gets the message and orders cops to leave people who give them the finger alone. There are many times when the finger is the least thry deserve.
  • R Load more replies

  • #4
    !
    Communicating with cops while driving may cause you to be distracted. Just stick with your "Cops are Wusses" or "Bad Cop No Donut" bumperstickers instead. BTW, when you get pulled over from here on out, it will be because of a broken taillight, and I'm sure the jury will believe you when you tell them the drugs found in your car aren't yours (actually I might if you had those bumperstickers).
  • #44
    !
    I have become so paranoid of cops that before I leave the house I start the vehicle, turn on the lights, check my lights, check my turn signals and use "the club" to check my brake lights. That ole dodge about your broken taillight is probably because the cop broke it.
  • #107
    !
    AR Law
    5-71-207. Disorderly conduct.

    (a) A person commits the offense of disorderly conduct if, with the purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm or recklessly creating a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, he or she:

    (3) In a public place, uses abusive or obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture, in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response;

    Disorderly conduct is an arrestable offense in the State of Arkansas.
  • #96
    !
    The pigs who harassed that driver "think that 'contempt of cop', or at least they want it to be. Pigs are the worst street gang of all, with a license to commit crimes and not face prosecution (e.g. the slap on the wrist for the LA cops who raped women, the pig who murdered a handcuffed teenager in California hasn't been arrested).

    The only speech that should be restricted is speech advocating violence and slander. But the republiCAN'T would never allow that, many of them would go to prison (e.g. Pat Robertson calling for the assassination of foreign leaders).
  • #95
    !
    The police are not the law. My state legislatures make laws and the police are suppose to enforce them but some break them . They get no respect from me unless they earn it and most around here are assholes.
  • R Load more comments...
Post