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Thurairajah v. City of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Passing motorist shouts profanity (a well-known phrase that has inspired artists ranging from Cee Lo Green to Lily Allen) at Arkansas state trooper who is conducting a traffic stop. The trooper then pulls over the shouter and arrests him for disorderly conduct. Eighth Circuit: No qualified immunity for that. A two-word unamplified outburst is not disorderly, and criticizing the cops is protected speech.


Tags: 2019, Eighth Circuit, Free Speech, Qualified Immunity

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