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Constitutionally Protected Middle Finger

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) – Regarding the major, the police might need a thicker skin.

A federal court of appeal said that the constitutional rights of a Michigan woman were violated when she was given a speeding ticket after pointing to an officer in Detroit's suburbs in 2017. This decision means that a prosecution of Debra Cruise-Gulyas can be initiated.

In a 3-0 decision on Wednesday, the court said the Taylor officer, Matthew Minard, "should have known better," even though the pilot was rude.

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

Minard brought her back again and changed the ticket into a serious offense.

Cruise-Gulyas sued, claiming that his rights to freedom of expression and his rights against improper seizure had been violated.

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