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Court: Middle finger protected by the constitution

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — When it comes to the middle finger, police might need a thicker skin.

A federal appeals court says a Michigan woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was handed a speeding ticket after giving the finger to a suburban Detroit officer in 2017. The decision means a lawsuit by Debra Cruise-Gulyas can proceed.

In a 3-0 decision Wednesday, the court said Taylor Officer Matthew Minard “should have known better,” even if the driver was rude.

Minard stopped Cruise-Gulyas and wrote her a ticket for a lesser violation. But when that stop was over, Cruise-Gulyas raised her middle finger.

Minard pulled her over again and changed the ticket to a more serious speeding offense.

Cruise-Gulyas sued, saying her free-speech rights and her rights against unreasonable seizure were violated.

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5 comments

  • Iamct01

    They write the lessor ticket so they can threaten to return original infraction when you fight it in court.
    Also when you get pulled over you don’t know how fast you were going or what the speed limit is.

    • Michael

      We reduce the ticket so we don’t have to go to court. It sucks working 5pm-5am then having to get up at 9am only to have to be back at work at 5pm. Most people take responsibility for their actions if you give them a break.

      As far as not knowing the speed limit or how fast you were going that is your responsibility to know that as the driver.

      • Anna

        This is why you cant give anyone a break. I would guess if they have children they would be just as disrespectful as the adult is. But you better race to their home to protect them when they need you.

    • Why I don't give warnings

      And this is why I don’t give warnings. Every time that I have given a person a break or a warning, they complain. Give them the appropriate ticket and/or criminal charge and let it stand.

      Now you know why I don’t give warnings.

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