Man sues to protect his First Amendment right to flip off cops7/13/2012
Robert Bell is the most unlikely of free speech crusaders. He’s a Wall Street recruiter who walked out of a bar last August and flipped off NYPD officers. Shockingly, he was arrested. When asked why he did it, he replied, “Because I don’t like cops.” Now, Bell is suing New York City, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated by the arrest. Bell’s case was dismissed because the officer who filed the report failed to appear in court. Bell’s attorney said he filed suit because “He was upset that police would retaliate against him for speech he thought was protected.” [Source]
Were his rights violated?