Right to Flip Off a Cop

Right to Flip Off a Cop - Tuesday Sep 15 2009 Do You Have...

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Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2009 Do You Have the Right to Flip Off a Cop? By Sean Scully / Philadelphia Time Magazine (in partnership with CNN) Taken from http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1923125,00.html David Hackbart was mad, and he wanted to show it, but he didn't think he would end up in federal court protecting his right to a rude gesture and demanding that the city of Pittsburgh stop violating the First Amendment rights of its residents. Hackbart, 34, was looking for a parking space on busy Murray Avenue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on April 10, 2006. Spotting one, he attempted to back into it, but the driver of the car behind him refused to back up and give him sufficient room. Hackbart responded in the classic way. "I stuck my hand out the window and gave him the finger to say 'Hey, jerk, thanks,' " says Hackbart. "That's all I was trying to say 'Thanks, thanks a lot.' " At that moment, a voice rang out telling Hackbart not to make the rude gesture in public. "So I was like, How dare that person tell me? They obviously didn't see what happened. Who are they to tell me what to say?" he says. "So I flipped that person off. And then I looked, and it was a city of Pittsburgh cop in his car right next to me." That turned out to be police sergeant Brian Elledge, who happened to be passing in the other direction in his cruiser. Elledge whipped around and pulled Hackbart over, citing him under the state's disorderly-conduct law, which bans obscene language and gestures. And here's where the problem lies, says state American Civil
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2011 for the course GEN BUS 202 taught by Professor Parks during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.

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Right to Flip Off a Cop - Tuesday Sep 15 2009 Do You Have...

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