Clackamas County OR man exercises free speech rights by giving cops the finger

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When Robert J. Ekas decided to exercise his right to free speech, he didn't open his mouth. He hoisted his middle finger. His single-digit protests, aimed at Clackamas County sheriff's deputies last year, resulted in a verbal showdowns, traffic tickets and, ultimately, a federal lawsuit. Giving a police officer the finger may be a rude and ill-advised gesture, but it is not against the law, legal experts say. “The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that speech may not be prohibited simply because some may find it offensive,” said Ira P. Robbins, a law professor from American University in Washington,… Original Article: Forum: News/Activism

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Clackamas County OR man exercises free speech rights by giving cops the finger

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