Federal Court Affirms People's Right to Flip Off Cops

March 14, 2019

 

Back in 2017, a Taylor, Michigan, police officer named Matthew Minard pulled over Debra Cruise-Gulyas and issued her a ticket for some sort of moving violation. Cruise-Gulyas responded by flipping off Minard, who pulled her over again and issue her a ticket for a more serious speeding infraction. The AP reports that Cruise-Gulyas proceeded to file a lawsuit against Minard, alleging that her rights to free speech and against unreasonable seizure were violated. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously that her lawsuit could proceed, saying that Minard "should have known better" even if the driver was rude.