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11/5/2005
Colorado: Criminal Charges for Flipping Off Cop Dropped
Sterling, Colorado police drop charges against man who used his finger to express displeasure at a smug cop.


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Sterling, Colorado officials yesterday dropped criminal charges against an Oklahoma man who flipped off a female police officer on August 28. The officer had stopped James Dodd, 49, for driving 60 MPH in a 45 MPH zone on US Highway 6. Dodd does not dispute the charge and he eventually paid the $75 fine.

However, when the officer went back to her patrol car, Dodd says he saw that she had a "satisfied smirk" on her face. "So I threw up my hands and she pulled me over again," he told the Journal Advocate newspaper. "She said I was going to jail because I flipped her off."

He was given a second ticket for "disturbing the peace," an offense carrying a $175 fine. Prosecutors had no choice but to dismiss the charge because it violated a 1976 Colorado Supreme Court ruling. The city attorney feared an "open season" toward police if motorists knew they could express their feelings with their middle finger.

Source: Motorist's ticket dismissed (Journal Advocate (CO), 11/5/2005)



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