A woman who faced a disorderly conduct charge in connection with allegedly “flipping off” the Chillicothe police chief was acquitted on Monday.
According to the woman’s attorney, the motion of giving the middle finger is protected under the First Amendment, The Chillicothe Gazette reported.
According to a police report, Chief Roger Moore was off duty and driving his personal car on May 23, when he tried to merge into a lane of stopped traffic near a Burger King restaurant, located on Bridge Street.
The reported stated that the woman pulled up and almost struck Moore and his vehicle and then gave the middle finger to the chief, 10TV News reported.
Municipal Court Judge John Street said that the case law is “pretty clear” that the conduct in question is protected under the constitution “as long as it’s not fighting words, the Gazette reported.
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May 29, 2012: Chillicothe Woman Charged After Giving Middle Finger To Police Chief