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State v. Ellis

Man in passenger seat waves and then extends middle finger in cop’s general direction. The cop pulls the vehicle over; the man declines to provide ID. He’s handcuffed, cited, and pleads guilty to obstructing an officer during a stop. North Carolina Court of Appeals (over a dissent): Flipping off a cop gives the cop reasonable suspicion that crime is afoot. So the stop was justified, and conviction affirmed. (H/t: @greg_doucette)


Tags: 2019, Court of Appeals of North Carolina, First Amendment, Free Speech

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