Officer Nathan Baker apparently does not appreciate being given the middle finger, which became obvious when after a back and forth verbal confrontation, he peppered sprayed Adam Rupeka for doing just that. According to Rupeka he decided he wanted to “test them on Supreme Court rulings” Well his curiosity was fed, as he landed himself in jail arrested for disorderly conduct. The ruling that Rupeka was testing, was from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which states that, giving someone the finger is an “ancient gesture of insult” and “is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity”. Rupeka taken into custody, was never charged with disorderly conduct. However, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest seemed to be the order of the day, along with a ticket for having obstructed view.
Most people such as Jaime Garcia Dias can see clearly understand that these charges were enforced because they could not get Rupeka on the simple charge of flipping off the police officer. Mutual respect should be given no matter what and citizens should not purposely taunt officers of the law. However, you cannot look to punish someone with a back door punishment because they can’t be punished the way you want them to.