(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Sometimes more reasonable adults need to be in charge.
Flipping Off Police Officers Constitutional, Federal Court Affirms
by Ryan J. Reilly
WASHINGTON — A police officer can’t pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger, a federal appeals court declared Thursday.
In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled (pdf) that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”
Now if we only had them in schools
Terror Tots III: Maryland Student Suspended For Use Of Finger Gun
by Jonathan Turley
We have previously seen absurd examples of disciplinary actions taken under zero tolerance rules for drugs and guns (here and here and here). This includes cases involving kids using finger guns (here). Now Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Montgomery County has joined these ranks by suspending a six-year-old boy for making a finger gun with his hand and saying “Pow.”
OK? Or Overkill?