An Oregon man has settled a federal lawsuit over what he says was his First Amendment right to express himself by giving the finger to sheriff's deputies.
The Oregonian reports Robert Ekas settled the suit for $4,000.
In his lawsuit, Ekas said that in July 2007, he flipped off a Clackamas County deputy while driving, and the deputy gave him tickets for illegal lane change and improper display of license plates. Ekas was acquitted on the citations. A month later, he gave the finger to another deputy, who detained him but wrote no tickets.
Ekas alleged he was being harassed.
A story earlier this year in the Portland newspaper brought Ekas national media attention, including an appearance on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report."
County officials say it was cheaper to settle the case than to proceed with defending the suit.
Good for him!!! as a teen, I was once harassed or hit on by this cop, it made me feel uncomfortable and as I walked out of my gym one afternoon, he followed me in his car. I stuck out my tongue , letting him know I was not interested since he had not gotten the hint before, then he proceeded to turn on his siren and lights and stop me.. As he approached my car I said, what, you are giving me a ticket for sticking my tongue out??? he proceeded to lecture me, as I rolled my eyes in discontent., they are so arrogant sometimes!!!!!!!!!
Answer by older at 12:35 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
Hmmm, I wonder how that's going to work for him in the future.
Answer by QuinnMae at 12:34 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 12:34 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
LOL...This is another case of cops acting stupidly
Was the guy being an idiot? probably
Were the cops using their position and power to intimidate ? yup
Why did they think they can control the actions of another human being??
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:44 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
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Answer by stargazer74 at 12:47 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
That's what I thought Sweet. Flipping someone the bird is juvenile but give me a break. I just remember my grandmother was flipped off by another driver and responded by sticking her tongue out. Just as juvenile but funny nonetheless
My Mom-Mom, who has passed since, used to flip off EVERYONE...but she was crazy! lol she was also fond of sticking her tongue out at people! lol...Glad she was never DETAINED for it! LOL..
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:53 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
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