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Police: Middle finger ticket to be training tool

3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago Tuesday, August 15 2017 Aug 15, 2017 August 15, 2017 8:00 PM August 15, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State Police say a trooper's decision to ticket a driver who gave him the middle finger was "an unfortunate incident which will be used as a training opportunity."
  
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says the ticket was illegal retaliation for protected free speech. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says the ticket alleged public intimidation, a felony.
  
In a letter faxed to the Louisiana State Police on Monday, she also noted that a prosecutor refused to charge the driver.
  
Esman says the issue arose Dec. 28, when a driver on Interstate 20 raised his middle finger while passing a parked trooper. The trooper pulled the driver over and issued a citation.
  
State Police spokesman Doug Cain says the agency "has tremendous respect for the First Amendment even when the citizens we serve choose to be vulgar and disrespectful."

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