Court Rules Pointing Your Finger at a Cop is Illegal—Not Protected by 1st Amendment

Thursday, August 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

By Justin Gardner
August 24, 2017

In Police State USA, the way you position your hand in a certain fashion around police officers can and will result in you being kidnapped and caged. According to a recent ruling by a Florida court if you point your finger at a cop and that cop thinks it looks like a gun, you can go to jail.

According to three Florida judges, forming one’s hand into the semblance of a pistol and pointing it at an authority figure is not protected by the First Amendment, and is considered as ‘threatening death or great bodily harm.’

“A judge has ruled that a Florida law used to arrest a man accused of threatening a Hialeah police officer is perfectly constitutional. The judge joined two others in Miami who have ruled that the misdemeanor law does not infringe on constitutionally protected free speech.

“‘True threats’ to injure persons are not protected by the First Amendment,” Miami-Dade County Judge Maria Ortiz wrote in her order earlier this month.”

The supposed “true threat” happened when Alex Romero pointed a finger gun at an off-duty police officer and said, “Officer Hernandez, I got you now!” The two apparently knew each other from previous run-ins, and Hernandez said the encounter made her fear for her life.

Perhaps Romero’s status as an ex-con and a “305” tattoo on his eyelid made him appear to be a “bad dude” to Hernandez. It’s more likely that Romero was joking around, albeit in poor taste. Even considering Romero’s status and appearance, the fact that a completely harmless hand motion can be construed as a “true threat” in the eyes of the law is troubling.

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