Claim of harassment wins finger-flipp...

Claim of harassment wins finger-flipper $4,000 | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 30 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Nov 2, 2010, titled Claim of harassment wins finger-flipper $4,000 | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

An Oregon man has settled a federal lawsuit over what he said was his First Amendment right to express himself by giving the finger to deputy sheriffs.

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Wheres MY money

Columbus, OH

#1 Nov 2, 2010
I was charged with "provoking speeches and/or gestures" for this SAME offense as a kid! lol!
Whatever

Columbus, OH

#2 Nov 2, 2010
Some day that idiot is going to flip someone the finger and end up getting a bullet in his head.

Since: Jun 10

Columbus, OH

#3 Nov 2, 2010
Ten bucks says this guy would be the first one to whine and cry that he needs the police if anything ever happened to him.
Shelly

Columbus, OH

#4 Nov 2, 2010
Sapper wrote:
Ten bucks says this guy would be the first one to whine and cry that he needs the police if anything ever happened to him.
Wouldn't we all wine and cry if we needed the police?
ramseyjames

Lancaster, OH

#5 Nov 2, 2010
Well, if you think you have freedom in this country, give a cop the finger, and you can bet that he/she will find SOMETHING/ANYTHING to charge you with! So, go ahead and chastise this guy for attempting to express his rights, and continue to imagine that you actually live in a free country!
really

Columbus, OH

#6 Nov 2, 2010
They have a lot of damn nerve harassing that man for giving them the finger.
Ridiculous!!!!!

I'm riding w/NWA: F@#! the Police!!!!
BuckeyeRon

New Albany, OH

#7 Nov 2, 2010
Whatever wrote:
Some day that idiot is going to flip someone the finger and end up getting a bullet in his head.
Unfortunately, you are probably right -- since we live in a gun happy irresponsible society that refuses to be realistic about firearms.
Do Tell

Columbus, OH

#8 Nov 2, 2010
Too funny...Im going to try it on my way home from work today
Gimme a break

Westerville, OH

#9 Nov 2, 2010
Now is the time for a law against being a dumb a$$. Were is this guys manners? He was being impolite and rude and disrespecting another human being. He deserves to be harassed. Give me a break!
John Q Public

Columbus, OH

#10 Nov 2, 2010
ramseyjames wrote:
Well, if you think you have freedom in this country, give a cop the finger, and you can bet that he/she will find SOMETHING/ANYTHING to charge you with! So, go ahead and chastise this guy for attempting to express his rights, and continue to imagine that you actually live in a free country!
Sorry, but in my opinion, you are the type of person that has turned this country into the mess it is. It's all about YOUR rights regardless of who is offended. Guess what??? There's something to be said for respecting those in a position of authority. We expect our children to respect teachers and other adults and these same children should be taught to respect the police. That has gone out the window. You do have the right to express your opinion, but you still have to be prepared to suffer the consequences.
Too bad they (cops) can't keep records of who does this and when they call for assistance because someobody just broke into their home they can just flip them off and walk away.
BuckeyeRon

New Albany, OH

#11 Nov 2, 2010
Gimme a break wrote:
Now is the time for a law against being a dumb ****. Were is this guys manners? He was being impolite and rude and disrespecting another human being. He deserves to be harassed. Give me a break!
No first amendment where you live, right?
rollingmyeyes

Canal Winchester, OH

#12 Nov 2, 2010
The abuse of this ammendment and right is getting rediculous. No one has actually read the entire ammendment(s). They'd be surprised what they really say and stand for.

“Apocalypse 8:6 Live!”

Since: Sep 09

Columbustan

#14 Nov 2, 2010
Goldfinger
Whatever

Columbus, OH

#15 Nov 2, 2010
ramseyjames wrote:
Well, if you think you have freedom in this country, give a cop the finger, and you can bet that he/she will find SOMETHING/ANYTHING to charge you with! So, go ahead and chastise this guy for attempting to express his rights, and continue to imagine that you actually live in a free country!
Living in a "free country" does not mean being able to do whatever you want. It never has. This guy is an idiot. I'm not saying that they cops are right. They crossed the line and the judgement is fair. But he's done it more than once and should have learned his lesson. What's eventually going to happen is he is going to get shot by someone who is tired of his crap.

Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD.
Pfff

Columbus, OH

#16 Nov 2, 2010
Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you're not a p.o.s. if you do.
Whatever

Columbus, OH

#17 Nov 2, 2010
John Q Public wrote:
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Too bad they (cops) can't keep records of who does this and when they call for assistance because someobody just broke into their home they can just flip them off and walk away.
I love that! He may just get that exact treatment some day. And it would serve him right.
skip

Columbus, OH

#18 Nov 2, 2010
Come on now...who hasn't flipped off a Sheriff or Highway Patrol below windshield level?? Usually it's after the ticket though.
bob

United States

#19 Nov 2, 2010
the first amendment does not mean you have the right to give someone the finger. Harassment, disorderly conduct, threats, inciting panic, etc. are not covered under the first amendment. Giving someone the finger could easily be considered any number of these.
Concerned Citizen

Reynoldsburg, OH

#20 Nov 2, 2010
There was a similar case in Pittsburgh a few years ago and the court ruled it was a matter of free speech. However, the gang banger down the street may not honor your rights. You can give the "one-finger salute" to the wrong person and pay a high price.
BuckeyeRon

New Albany, OH

#21 Nov 2, 2010
bob wrote:
the first amendment does not mean you have the right to give someone the finger. Harassment, disorderly conduct, threats, inciting panic, etc. are not covered under the first amendment. Giving someone the finger could easily be considered any number of these.
Where did you learn your Constitutional Law. A so-called "flip off" is most certainly a form of protected speech. Do a little research. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that giving someone the finger, even a police officer, is protected free speech.

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