Man to Get $50,000 for Flipping the Bird

A man who gave a cop the middle finger claims to be about change, not money.

Man to Get $50,000 for Flipping the Bird

A man who gave a cop the middle finger claims to be for change, not money.

-Carolyn French

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While trying to park his car on a busy street in 2006 David Hackbart flipped off the driver behind him because the man refused to move. A moment later he heard a voice cautioning him to stop, which only egged him on.

Hackbart soon realized the voice was coming from a police officer, and when he attempted to explain that what he did was constitutionally protected, the cop wrote him a citation.

The incident, which became a federal civil rights case, was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday at the request of attorneys on both sides. A proposed $50,000 settlement was offered, with Hackbart receiving $10,000. The rest would go to his lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union.

An additional vote is set for next week at the Pittsburgh City Council. (The Pittsburgh Channel)

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