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Regent Square driver sues city, officer over finger-flip 'trauma' By Jason Cato PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Friday, February 9, 2007 David Hackbart's birds apparently fly in pairs, and the second one cost him when he flashed it at a Pittsburgh police officer. Hackbart, 32, of Regent Square, was convicted of disorderly conduct last year after showing the officer his middle finger during a parking space dispute in Squirrel Hill. Now Hackbart wants to be paid for his "physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, humiliation and distress," according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. Hackbart is suing the City of Pittsburgh and Officer Brian Elledge, claiming his gesture was constitutionally protected speech. While attempting to parallel park on Murray Avenue in April, Hackbart flipped off a motorist who pulled behind him and blocked him from the parking space, the lawsuit states. Then Hackbart heard a voice from outside his vehicle say "Don't flip him off," which prompted
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Unformatted text preview: Hackbart to fire the same gesture in that direction. The recipient was Elledge, who was stopped in his patrol car. While issuing Hackbart a ticket, Elledge repeatedly shouted, "You don't flip me off," the lawsuit states. A district judge found Hackbart guilty in June and fined him $119.75. The charges later were withdrawn by the Allegheny County District Attorney's office after Hackbart appealed. Hackbart claims the ordeal cost him $590 in court fees, lost wages and round trip airfare from Tampa, Fla., to attend a court hearing. He is seeking to recover this money and an unspecified amount in damages through his lawsuit. In October, a Lawrence County man settled his federal lawsuit against police in Center, Beaver County, after he was charged with disorderly conduct. Thomas Burns, of New Castle, flipped off a road construction worker. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Jason Cato can be reached at jcato@tribweb.com or 412-320-7840. Back to headlines...
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