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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Fingering Cops

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

I never thought it a good idea to flip the bird to cops. Robert Bell, 26, disagreed.  On August 6, 2011, Bell left a bar in New York City at about 10:00 pm.  Three cops walked passed him on the sidewalk going in the same direction.  For whatever reason, Bell didn’t like that and threw up his middle finger at their backs.

What Bell didn’t know was that a fourth officer who lagged behind his colleagues, saw the one finger salute and arrested him.

“Do you think that’s funny?” the officer said as he handcuffed Bell.  “Why did you do that?”

“Because I don’t like cops,” Bell said.  Uh, oh – wrong answer.

Bell was taken to the 6th Precinct stationhouse and charged with disorderly conduct for making an “obscene gesture” and causing “public alarm and annoyance.” He was released about 2-hours later. In the fall, his case was dismissed because the arresting officer failed to appear in court.

So did Bell just brush himself off and go on with his life?  Of course not.  Since he wanted to be an attorney anyway, he sued the New York City police department for violating his Constitutional right of free speech, false arrest and imprisonment, and inflicting emotional distress. Yikes!

The City didn’t want to go to court over this nonsense and recently settled the suit for $15,000.  Bell said he will use the money to go to law school.