A ticked-off Vermont motorist is suing cops, saying he was exercising his right to free speech when he flipped off a state trooper, in accordance to stories.
Gregory Bombard claims police busted him and towed his automotive throughout a 2018 site visitors cease solely as a result of the trooper claimed he gave him the center finger and known as him an a-hole, the St. Albans Messenger mentioned in a report.
“Vermonters who need to protest the actions of police by way of phrases or gestures have a constitutionally protected right to accomplish that,” Bombard’s lawyer, ACLU lawyer James Diaz, mentioned in a press launch, the Messenger mentioned.
“This abuse of energy by a Vermont state trooper is a transparent instance of simply how overpoliced our communities are,” Diaz mentioned. “Cased like these are a part of why so many are calling on lawmakers to take daring motion to restrict the broad powers of police.”
Bombard’s beef dates to his arrest on Feb. 9, 2018, when he was driving down North Principal Road in St. Albans and cruised previous Trooper Jay Riggen — who mentioned he noticed Bombard flip him off.
Riggen turned his squad automotive round and pulled Bombard over.
In accordance to the criticism, Bombard denied he gave the trooper the center finger earlier than he was pulled over — however did accomplish that after the site visitors cease.
He additionally mouthed off at the trooper, “saying one thing to the impact of ‘a–gap’ and ‘f–ok you,’” the criticism mentioned.
Riggen cited Bombard for disorderly conduct and obstructing site visitors, towed his automobile, and held him at the native stationhouse for about an hour, the criticism mentioned.
Each expenses have been later dismissed, in accordance to the Eagle Instances newspaper.
However Bombard didn’t let it go, and final week filed the civil lawsuit, claiming false arrest, unlawful seizure, and violations of his right to free speech.