Is flipping the bird illegal? According to the First Amendment, it is in fact protected and not illegal. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati ruled the officer who gave a driver a speeding ticket in 2017, and then amended the ticket for a more serious offense upon her driving away and flipping him the bird, was not protected by qualified immunity. Did the police officer deserve to be sued? To read more, click here: [link]