Man Flips Cops Off, Gets Awarded $3000

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2007-08-07 10:21.

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile Police Department has been ordered to pay $3,000 to a government engineer who was arrested for cursing and making an obscene hand gesture to an officer.

56-year-old Addison DeBoi of Mobile was arrested shortly after Hurricane Katrina and was acquitted on the disorderly conduct charge last year. He sought $10,000 in damages from the police department because of time lost from work, the threat of losing his job, and the embarrassment of being put in jail.

Mobile County District Judge Michael McMaken awarded DeBoi the money last week, saying that police officers must have "thicker skin" than the general public. Officer Bristol Hines arrested DeBoi on September 2, 2005, on a charge of disorderly conduct after the hand gesture was made while the two men were in their vehicles.

[Via - The Associated Press]

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