Yes, You Can Flip Off Cops

From January 3rd, 2013:
Second Circuit: You Can Flip Off Cops 2013.01.03

So yeah – you can flip off those who wear a badge, but is it advisable?

First, consider the act itself:

If you would have flipped off someone due to an egregious action on their part, then, being consistent, it shouldn’t matter their place of employment. Conversely, if you would not have flipped off someone you pass, then doing so to a police employee is a deviation.

Treating someone different based solely on their claimed authority – whether being hesitant to flip them off when you would otherwise, or flipping them off when you wouldn’t – is reactionary. If your actions are caused by others aren’t you then buying into the double-standards put-forth?

Secondly, consider the ramifications of the act:

Would you prefer to live in a place where you were regularly flipped off or where you received many waves?

Sure, if the former was to occur, it’d very well mean that the act would lessen in impact. But, going back to the question, which would you welcome?

True, the act – extending your middle finger or waving your hand – isn’t inherently good or bad. But according to the cultural framework considered the norm for this society, the motivation for the former is hostility and for the latter friendliness.

I know I’d prefer to live in a community where more folks were friendly. That’s why my default isn’t to flip off anyone, even those employed as police.

I’d proffer that most who went into policing did so with good intentions. Wouldn’t you like for police employees to quit their job and engage in actions that don’t rely on coercion? What tactic is more likely to bring that about?

This is why the page exists – in the hope that current police employees see it as a resource, think for themselves, and decide to act according to their conscience.


Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.