CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A man let his middle finger fly against sheriff’s deputies and now his one-finger protest has led to a lawsuit against the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert Ekas admits that he flipped the bird to two sheriff’s deputies on the road and said one deputy that he gave the finger to three times responded by pulling him over and writing two tickets.
Ekas has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s department, claiming deputies are trying to “retaliate against and chill citizens’ First Amendment free speech rights.”
“It’s not really a free speech issue,” said Ekas. “It’s a right to dissent issue. It’s a right for every citizen to say I don’t like the way things are going so I’m not going to go along with the program.”
The attorney for the sheriff’s department said he cannot comment because this is an ongoing legal case.
Last year, a Pittsburgh man won a $50,000 settlement after being cited for flipping off an officer. Ekas said that lawsuit inspired him to file this one.
Their are good cops and bad cops out there. I am friends with some in fact. But this guy is a douche bag. Simple common decency and not being an asshole goes a long way. Hopefully the judge throws the book at him and calls it a day.