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Man Gets Ticket For Giving Officer Middle Finger, City Settles

4:23 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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Utah-- It's a hand signal that doesn't go over well no matter who you gesture it to and that's the middle finger. One person you may not ever want to do that to is a police officer.

However a Utah man did just that and the officer gave him a ticket for Disorderly Conduct. You're probably thinking the story ended there and the man paid a fine, right?

Think again. This is where the plot thickens for the City of Orem, Utah.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah sued on behalf of Seth Dame, who flipped off an officer driving by on June 25, 2010.

Orem reached a settlement after the ACLU lawsuit alleged the officer violated the man's constitutional rights by pulling him over for giving the officer the middle finger. The ACLU claimed the incident violated Dame's constitutional rights under the First and Fourth amendments.

Orem police have agreed to continue First Amendment protection training for officers and pay $5,000 in damages and attorneys' fees.

The ACLU says allowing police to detain people for rude behavior would give officers wide discretion to harass people. 

AP

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