Flipping off a cop is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
That’s according to a Michigan judge, who on Thursday ruled that giving someone the middle finger is a form of free speech.
In making the decision, which was handed down in a Taylor federal appeals court, the judge gave a green light to a lawsuit filed against the Detroit Police Department by Debra Cruise-Gulvas. Gulvas says she was stopped and given a speeding ticket in 2017. As Officer Matthew Minard began to pull away, Gulvas expressed her dissatisfaction by flipping him off. He stopped his car, got out and changed her ticket to a more serious offense.
Although the judge acknowledged that Gulvas had been “rude,” he noted that Minard “should have known better.”