Man charged for giving state trooper the finger has charge dropped
May 28 2011
DENVER — A harassment charge has been dropped in the case of a 35-year-old Colorado man who faced prosecution for displaying his middle finger to a Colorado State Patrol trooper.
The State Patrol said in a statement late Friday that it asked that the case be dropped.
The American Civil Liberties Union had argued that while the gesture may be have been rude, it amounted to protected free speech.
According to the ACLU, Shane Boor was driving to work in April when he saw a trooper pull over a car. As Boor passed by, he extended his middle finger in the trooper's direction.
Boor was later stopped and received a criminal summons ordering him to appear in court to answer a criminal charge of harassment, which carries a possible six-month jail term.
The cop was upset because someone gave him the finger and wanted to punish him criminally and violate the man's right to free speech.
In the accompanying photo a grandmother shoots the bird to a roomful of cops. She is merely exercising her 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech and these cops know it. The Colorado trooper was simply pissed off and wanted to use his authority to punish the man.