Federal Court Declares You Have a Legal Right to Flip Off the Cops

flipoffThe Daily Sheeple – by Melissa Melton

Forgive the double negative. It’s not that you didn’t already have this right, but a federal court recently upheld one’s legal ability to flip off the police.

Here’s the backstory (via Never Get Busted):

The 14-page opinion issued by the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”  


Yes, we’re taking it back to elementary school here because it’s to that level. Duh.

Let’s continue.

The ruling comes in response to a case where John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz were forced to bring suit against two police officers who arrested Swartz back in May of 2006. The arrest was made simply as a result of John Swartz flipping off the officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, New York.

Swartz was charged with “disorderly conduct,” the common way that officers charge people when they have not committed any crime.

Nice, right?

Flip off a cop, get slapped with a “disorderly conduct” charge and go to jail. Flip off anyone else, and… probably nothing major other than them flipping you off back happens (unless they are armed and driving on the LA freeway during rush hour traffic.)

The officer got the summary judgment back in 2011, but that has now been overturned by the federal appeals court. The excuse the cop gave for probable cause to arrest the guy is utterly ridiculous, too.

The officer’s defense was reportedly that the officer thought Schwartz was quote, “trying to get my attention for some reason.”


Trying to get their attention? Think so, eh? I mean, I guess that’s one way of putting it…

Isn’t that how you get people’s attention? Giving them the middle finger?

“Thanks for delivering my mail, Bob!” (middle finger)

“I’ll have fries and a shake with that, please.” (middle finger)

“How was your day at school, kids?” (middle finger)

The appeals court, however, was not drooling-in-a-puddle dumb enough to buy that excuse and instead found that the “nearly universal recognition that this gesture is an insult deprives such an interpretation of reasonableness.”

Again. Duh.


The fact that this case even had to get to federal court of appeals level in the first place… is just sad.

Like every form of tyranny, this is both despotic and completely absurd.

Because America is spiraling downward into the black abyss of police statism, some cops now apparently feel they have been elevated above the basic status of personhood to royal court level, like they are the king’s guard and this is some kind of dystopic neo-feudalist Robin Hood/Idiocracy mash-up. Like they have special rights to not be offended.

It’s nice to see a real high court in this land and time actually remind these guys that isn’t actually the case.

(At least, not yet, anyway…)

Nevertheless, cue the comments about how flipping off the police is not a good idea in this country etc. I suppose that’s true.

Well, perhaps someone should’ve given a healthy middle finger to the Nazis back in the day, too. How millions of people were reportedly led to their deaths by only a few hundred people running everything at the top back then is a question that it would be good for every American citizen to examine. Now is as good of a time as any.

The hour in police state U.S.A. is definitely getting late.

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Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!

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6 thoughts on “Federal Court Declares You Have a Legal Right to Flip Off the Cops

  1. Great, now the pigs will be shooting people for flipping them off. I think I’d prefer using my index finger curled around a trigger…at least that way I have a fighting chance.

  2. Until the police union steps in and says its police harassment , and criminal and they think you should be investigated for the act alone.. wait for it

  3. As I understand it, English bowmen would show their middle finger to show the Kings men that the finger had not been cut off and that they could still……pluck yew…the longbow of the times. They had more guts than me.

  4. One militiaman I know is a former COP. In this case he’s a great guy. Very likable chap to be honest. His opinion that it is best at the moment to avoid contact with them for several reasons. They are pretty well armed (are you?), their attitude toward the public in general is not good, and they have mental and emotional problems. If they make contact with you lick their boots if you must to survive. Its better to survive for what is coming and not be murdered unarmed by some roid head nut case without a chance to make your disgust count in terms of doing your share of whittling them down to dust.

    Another aspect of what he saw in his former colleagues is that in a dollar collapse SHTF scenario is that they will form roving “LOOTER GANGS” and raise havoc with the population.

    In general Police as we recognize them to be are degenerate low life scum and are about the same caliber of people that you might expect from your friendly neighborhood criminal gangster. They have no honor, are cowards, but extremely violent, as they are afraid of their own shadow in many cases, or just plain PSYCHOPATHS. Your life, your hopes and dreams of a happy life, what happens to your children and wife means nothing to them after they murder you. Scum. Pure and simple and are unworthy ever of any respect.

    Other than all of that baggage Police are just wonderful people and heros. (sarcasm intended)

    Until the SHTF best thing for folks to do is just put on a show, or act as best you can to keep yourself intact and not be in such a rush to provoke monsters that you are eventually going to deal with later in a civil war. Although I have to laugh at folks to engage in the “Flip off the COPS” sport self control and good manners are actually pretty important right up the the point at where you have to release a firing ping on them to defend your family, neighbors and town and ultimately the republic. Lets keep our heads? In more ways than one. Pitty the buggers because you know yourself that these degenerates have no future at all. We patriots do. 🙂

    1. If we lick their boots until shtf, then shtf wont happen. You will just stay a slave.

      I think avoiding contact is smart but boot licking is hardly the action of a sovereign or free man. At least where I come from.

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