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Couple Sues City For Violating Their Right To Flip Off Cops

NYPD officers form a line surounding demonstrators with “Occupy Wall Street” in 2011. Two participants in the protests are suing the city for violating their right to flip off cops.

NYPD officers form a line surounding demonstrators with “Occupy Wall Street” in 2011. Two participants in the protests are suing the city for violating their right to flip off cops.

Two Occupy Wall Street protestors are suing the city for violating their right to flip the bird to the NYPD.

Nicholas Thommen, 31, and gal pal Channing Creager, 26, were riding the E train on June 27, 2013, when they expressed their flagrant opinion of the New York City Police Department to the cops riding in the same subway car, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Thommen and Creager “gestured with their middle finger raised, an internationally recognized symbol of dislike and/or displeasure,” the suit states.

The gesture is absolutely protected by the First Amendment as an act of free speech, their lawyer Edward Donlon told The Daily News.

But Officers Diane Bowman and John Harrigan disagreed. The took the couple off the train and charged them with disorderly conduct. The cops also alleged Thommen and Creager were shouting “f— these cops,” and police “are all f—— rapists,” which the plaintiffs deny.

The charges were dismissed after the couple stayed out of trouble for six months. Thommen, of Michigan, had also been arrested in 2012 for participating in a window-breaking incident at a Starbucks coffee shop in the East Village.

The city Law Department said it will review the allegations before commenting

Couple Sues City For Violating Their Right To Flip Off Cops

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