- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Framingham’s police chief is reminding his officers that being on the receiving end of an obscene finger gesture from inside a vehicle is not reason enough to make a traffic stop.

The MetroWest Daily News (https://bit.ly/1F2u5a9 ) reports that Chief Ken Ferguson advised his officers of the law after a local man - and well-known police critic - complained that he was pulled over earlier this month after his passenger made the gesture at an officer on patrol.

The man wrote a letter to Ferguson and the Board of Selectmen that said “flipping off a cop is not against any laws … It is constitutionally protected free speech.”

Ferguson said the officer will not be disciplined, and all officers have been reminded of the law.

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Information from: MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.), https://www.metrowestdailynews.com

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