Man Awarded $50K Over Bird-Flipping Ticket
Pittsburgh settles suit over ticket for giving cop the finger
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2009 3:15 AM CST
This gesture is constitutionally protected free speech, according to several decisions in federal courts.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Giving the finger to a cop has won a Pittsburgh man a $50,000 payoff. The city council decided to pay him to settle a civil rights lawsuit he brought after being ticketed for flipping the bird at a police officer and a fellow motorist, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Federal courts have consistently ruled that giving somebody the finger falls firmly within the boundaries of free speech protected by the Constitution.