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Old 01-02-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Flipping off a police officer

Do you believe you have this right? I believe it is protected under the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution and federal courts have generally ruled in favor of this, to my knowledge.


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Old 01-02-2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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Why don't you just not do it and not worry about the legality of it?

EDIT: Didn't even clock that you tried to refer to it as a right
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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I dunno, but doing this is pretty funny.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:49 PM   #5
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I believe it's protected as well. However you never know when you're going to run into an illiterate cop who confuses insult with assault.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #6
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I've never thought about it. Provoking people who could ruin my life isn't a hobby of mine.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #7
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Some NYPD will hassle you for just looking at them too long. By all means it should be a right but I'm not planning on testing it.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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Americans' obsession with their rights is ridiculous. Just use some common sense, you don't have to do something just because you can.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:00 PM   #9
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hurr durr fuq da police lol
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:03 PM   #10
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #11
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Americans' obsession with their rights is ridiculous. Just use some common sense, you don't have to do something just because you can.
Seriously. Americans make me laugh sometimes.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:24 PM   #12
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:27 PM   #13
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Americans' obsession with their rights is ridiculous. Just use some common sense, you don't have to do something just because you can.

As an American, I agree with you. Here's the reality, TS...

Cops generally work their asses off dealing with scumbags. Why exactly would you A) NOT show them basic respect ("Yes, sir", "No, sir", don't flip him off, etc.) and B) want to provoke them? How would you feel if you just spent the day booking some petty thief and then some smartass kid flips you off because 1) he says it's protected by the 1st Amendment AND 2) because he thinks it's funny. I'd be pissed.

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And, for the record, obscenities are NOT protected under the 1st Amendment. The Amendment states:
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Obscenity (which is what flipping off a cop is; it's a "Fuck you") are not protected speech. Read this for various laws in obscenity in the US.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #14
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As an American, I agree with you. Here's the reality, TS...

Cops generally work their asses off dealing with scumbags. Why exactly would you A) NOT show them basic respect ("Yes, sir", "No, sir", don't flip him off, etc.) and B) want to provoke them? How would you feel if you just spent the day booking some petty thief and then some smartass kid flips you off because 1) he says it's protected by the 1st Amendment AND 2) because he thinks it's funny. I'd be pissed.

Maybe this is an american thing, but I'm not sure why cops qualify for respect above and beyond what is considered the norm for everyone else. By all means be polite, but that sir shit? Sounds kinda sycophantic to be honest.
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Don't flip them off, don't be sycophants...you're giving us nothing to work with here.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #16
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Maybe this is an american thing, but I'm not sure why cops qualify for respect above and beyond what is considered the norm for everyone else. By all means be polite, but that sir shit? Sounds kinda sycophantic to be honest.

Don't get too uptight about the specifics, he was just saying to treat him like a professional, the same way you'd treat doctors and teachers.

And if you think those last two are also sycophantic, than that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:54 PM   #17
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Don't **** with police, period. Never know if they'll pull out a gun and unload 7 shots into your chest for looking at them wrong.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #18
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Do you believe you have this right? I believe it is protected under the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution and federal courts have generally ruled in favor of this, to my knowledge.



The title of the second article Flipping Off Cops Is Legal, Not Advised


It would fall under disorderly conduct and can get tricky. It's up to the cop to determine at which point you crossed the line from protected speech into disorderly conduct.

It's legal to use foul language, but stand on the sidewalk and start screaming it at passers-by and you will get arrested.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #19
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Well I think you should be allowed to do it, but I also think it's more trouble than it's worth.

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Americans' obsession with their rights is ridiculous. Just use some common sense, you don't have to do something just because you can.

There seems to be an attitude of "If you don't abuse it, you lose it."

Which is absurd because you should definitely lose it if you abuse it and they've been abusing it forever and are still yet to lose it.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #20
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Don't **** with police, period. Never know if they'll pull out a gun and unload 7 shots into your chest for looking at them wrong.


I know 100% that they won't because our police don't need to carry guns because our country is smart.
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