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cecildooderbop's avatar

Can you flip a police officer off without getting in trouble?

Asked by cecildooderbop (192points) July 3rd, 2008

Is that considered freedom of speech?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

probably not no!

syz's avatar

I don’t know about the legalities, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

gimmedat's avatar

Hmmm, please don’t do it in my car. Dealing with your mooning ways is enough.

Adina1968's avatar

Believe it or not I actually did this once by accident. I was at a 4 way stop in Philadelphia and it was NOT my turn to go. I hear someone beeping behind me so I flipped them off. Ooooopps! It was a cop!( It was not an emergency situation either where he was in a rush to get by me he was just a creep.) He pulled me over and gave me this BIG lecture saying he could give me a ticket. (For what I can no longer remember.) Before he let me go he asked me if I had anything to say for myself. My reply was “OBVIOUSLY had I known that I had a police officer behind me, do you think that I would have flipped you off? Seriously!” He just shook his head and sent me on my way. Sheeesh! :-)

marinelife's avatar

It depends on where you live. It is not the smartest move, however, and certainly is not protected speech. Here is one man who got away with it. On the other hand, here is a serious object lesson.

sccrowell's avatar

No, it is not illegal but as I just read, it isn’t smart either, it will just call unwanted attention to you!

arnbev959's avatar

Flip off a cop and he’ll give you a ticket for something.

Curious404's avatar

Only one way to really know…

boffin's avatar

I think that when you wave to a Police Officer, you should use ALL of your fingers…...

Dog's avatar


If you poke a guard dog with a stick will it bite you?

Neither seems like a good idea

yetanother's avatar

show me a ticket given for flipping the bird and I’ll show you one cake walk of a 15 minutes at the City Hall disputing it…

emilyrose's avatar

they could probably call it harassment or something…......i learned from my experience in protests and such that hitting anything belonging to a cop is assault on an officer….like if you smash their car or something. I didn’t do that of course but some of the more radical folks did

pattyb's avatar

Give a cop a reason to tune you up, and I can guarantee he will act on it.

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Lightlyseared's avatar

They won’t give you a ticket for flipping them off, but there’s probably a load of other things they will right you up for and city hall will laugh in your face if you tell them it’s trumped up because you upset the police officer.
And let’s face it antagonising an under paid unappreciated public worker with a gun and most likely a bad attitude is not clever.

yetanother's avatar

people shouldn’t fear their governments, their governments should fear ME

Lightlyseared's avatar

I didn’t realise GWB was a member of Fluther.

krose1223's avatar

It would be something along the lines of disorderly conduct… atleast in Texas.

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