Shane Boor, busted for flipping the bird at state trooper, to be defended by ACLU

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During a recent drive to work, Shane Boor indulged in one of America's favorite pastimes: He flipped someone the bird. Trouble is, the person he aimed it at was a Colorado State Patrol officer so unamused that he had a fellow trooper track Boor down and give him a criminal summons. Enter the ACLU, which is defending Boor -- and the idea that giving the finger is constitutionally protected.

"Our right to free expression allows us not only gestures that are permissible in polite society," says ACLU of Colorado campaign director Erik Maulbetsch, "but rude ones as well."

According to Maulbetsch, Boor, a 35-year-old with no criminal record, was driving to work last month when he saw an officer -- identified in the incident report only as Trooper White -- pull over a car on C-470 near the Bowles exit. As he was passing, Maulbetsch notes, "he extended his middle finger toward the state trooper in silent disapproval of what he felt was unjustified harassment of a motorist" before continuing on his way.

Boor arrived at his job safely. But shortly thereafter, another trooper, ID'd as Trooper Langrand, arrived. "He asked about the gesture," Maulbetsch says, "and then he gave Mr. Boor a summons to appear in Jefferson County court on the criminal charge of harassment."

At this point, Boor's court date is set for June 15, but Maulbetsch is hoping it doesn't happen. "We're encouraging the district attorney to dismiss the case." And if he doesn't, the ACLU will have an attorney stand alongside Boor next month to fight the charge.

The controversy may seem frivolous at first blush, but Maulbetsch sees it as having a more important subtext.

"We've been spending a lot of time on police practices and police-brutality issues," he points out -- an example being an ACLU investigation that showed the City of Denver has paid more than $10 million to settle claims against police and sheriff's officers since 2002. "And for troopers to take the time to track someone down at his work site and charge him with harassment for driving by and extending his middle finger -- well, there's clearly a culture shift that needs to happen throughout Colorado police agencies to address this."

The bottom line for Maulbetsch? "Police officers need to develop thicker skin."

Because, after all, there are a lot of birds being flipped out there.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Richard Troupe charged with dropping trou at Burger King, asking staffer to hold his Whopper."

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Timothy Brian Foley
Timothy Brian Foley

I will be pulling for mr. shane boor and ACLU whom I graciously support I flip the bird often myself have too many rude ungrateful and disrespectful people living where i live they are too stupid to be made any sense out of In Iowa and kansas rudeness and conservatism and socialism are one so you shall know where I'm from cow and grass towns.

Theresa Knox
Theresa Knox

I wonder what sticking my tongue out at a cop would get me.  Can we say police state??

06cissp
06cissp

Can that Officer flip mr.boar off, when someone is breaking into his house, or stealing his car?

disqusdik
disqusdik

So to be a cop you have to have the emotional state of a vindictive old lady? How do they test for that, I wonder?

Seriously, if someone gives me the finger can I call the cops and have them ticketed for harassment? 

Elkcreekgravel
Elkcreekgravel

trust me on this one. Yes. I have first hand experience with Mr Langrand

American Fascist*_*
American Fascist*_*

I am surprised the swat team didn't use this as an excuse to look for drugs in his house...! And then end up shooting him for not answering the door in the allotted three seconds you have to answer the door or they think your destroying "evidence".

bni
bni

The cop was clearly butthurt that someone didn't approve of his job performance.  Apparently he was unaware when he signed up for the job that many people would feel that way. 

FattMatt
FattMatt

"We're encouraging the district attorney to dismiss the case." And if he doesn't, the ACLU will have an attorney stand alongside Boor next month to fight the charge.

What a waste of money and time.

 It would be quite funny if it goes to court to have the public flipping the finger, jerk off and dickhead gestures to Boor's attorney before during and after court to see how long it would take before he snaps

Elkcreekgravel
Elkcreekgravel

Hello. Trooper Langrand was front and center at my trail on Feb 24 this year for harassment. 8 months of sheer hell that cost me about $23,400 in legal fees. Trooper White contributed to the nightmare. Charges were 'suggested' by Captain Brett Mattson who worked with CDOT PM Martin Herbaugh to dream up charges against me following a series of complaints I filed regarding bid shopping, property damage, traffic blockages, discrimination and more on a CDOT stimulus job. 

State troopers would park in front of my business and just sit there. The day after my trial they continued to harass me, even driving past my business and parked in front of the driveway to my home. 

The Jefferson County Ass DA Jennifer Dill said if I didn't take a plea deal she would make sure I got the mandatory maximum- six months in jail. She said my case was 'egregious' in nature.

The trial came to a halt an hour and a half after it had started with the judge furious. The Ass DA dismissed the charges, with Trooper Landgrand, Brett Mattson, CDOT and the sheriff looking on. But now I have a criminal arrest record. My business is broken. I laid off four permanently and have over $500,000 in damages relating to the job. I curiously was unable to get work on 3 CDOT jobs in the area under the same project manager - jobs I previously had or was working on suddenly 'dried up'. The same CDOT project manager who worked so closely with CSP Captain Mattson, then paid the general contractor approx. $400,000 more than what I had originally bid the work at as a sub, in extras and change orders. The taxpayers get to pick up that little gem together with other change costs probably unecessary.

And the charges ... allegedly using a 'vulgar gesture' and the F bomb ...

Thanks Langrand. Thanks Mattson. Thanks State Patrol and thank you CDOT. Oh, and a big thank you to Scott Storey and Jennifer Dill at the JeffCo DA. You have ruined my life. You have ruined my business. I respect the difficult work that the State Patrol and others have to do but using your position as law enforcement to destroy my company is reckless and shameful.  

Kuei
Kuei

"We've been spending a lot of time on police practices and police-brutality issues," he points out -- an example being an ACLU investigation that showed the City of Denver has paid more than $10 million to settle claims against police and sheriff's officers since 2002. "And for troopers to take the time to track someone down at his work site and charge him with harassment for driving by and extending his middle finger -- well, there's clearly a culture shift that needs to happen throughout Colorado police agencies to address this."

Now, what was I saying? Oh yeah! Cops are disgusting. Who do you think is paying that $10 million in police abuse claims? It ain't the pigs!

Ben Dan
Ben Dan

The officer should have let it roll off his back. Because, as these comments show, the country is full of little cowardly pieces of sh*t who are losers and failures in life, who need to boost their self esteem by "giving it to the man." If I were Boor's employer and if he was hired at will, I would fire his loser @ss immediately, because I would never want to have a giant @sshole like Boor, or any of you losers who cry and whine about a "police state" when the USA is by far the most free country on the planet, working for me.

Kuei
Kuei

Ben Dan..You know what D A N stands for? Dumb Ass Nigger. So how long have you Ben a Dumb Ass Nigger? Yeah, I thought so.

Guest
Guest

Are you usually that funny? As far as i can tell the only loser here is you. 

Robert
Robert

The officer should have let it roll off his back because that is his job.  Trooper Langrand should not have cited Boor because acting under color of law to suppress a citizen's right to freedom of speech is a felony under the Civl Rights Act of 1964.  The CSP should not have cited Boor because acting under color of law to suppress a citizen's right to freedom of speech is a felony under the Civl Rights Act of 1964, and because doing so has done tremendous damage to its reputation and a disservice to every decent officer in the Patrol.

Robert
Robert

Several posters somehow manged to miss far and away the most important point of this story:  the CSP has engaged in deliberate and felonious conduct -- acting under color of law to suppress Mr. Boor's First Amendment right to free speech.  The criminal charge against Boor is itself evidence of a federal felony committed by one or more members of the CSP, and Trooper Langrand, and his superiors should have to answer for it!

Mark
Mark

Amen Robert ----those of you sheeple willing to trade this safety bullshit for liberties..will get tyrany. These guys tax to justify their jobs. They are agents of the insurance companies to ream you even more. I just wonder how we ever survived before these public safety officers protected us....it must have need brutal....deaths by the thousands daily. Wake up.

Frank24X7
Frank24X7

It's the first amendment. What is this Nazi Germany or the soviet union.  Our judicial system does not have any thing better to do??

Jmski707
Jmski707

Mr. Boor, grow up!  The police are here to protect and keep us safe, especially on crazy C470.

c470 driver
c470 driver

Funny thing, Trooper White pulled me over about a month ago.  No ticket from the nice kid (He is a kid, looks about 18 years old).  I use my cruse control on that stretch of highway so I know I wasn't really speeding.  72 in a 65 so I didn't even slow down when he got behind me.  He said I was going 80 to 85.  I explained the cruse control and that my GPS confirmed my speed.  He ran my licence and sent me on my way.  I flip him off every time I pass him on C-470. 

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your take here and below, c470 driver.

c470 driver too
c470 driver too

I bet you won't be flipping him off, if he pulls over the driver that could kill a  family member due to speeding or drunk driving! Cut him some slack! These troopers have a job to do.  Go State Troopers, We support you! And yes,  I have had a few tickets of my own!

Guest
Guest

Speak for yourself asshole. 

ghost of dead c470 driver
ghost of dead c470 driver

Huh?, that makes zero sense when he pulls his colleague off of the (vigilant) duty of pulling over speeding or drunk drivers to waste a couple of hours tracking down a bird-flipper.  In those couple of hours, hundreds, maybe millions of speeding and drunk drivers were killing....and all could've been stopped by Trooper Langrand.

For SHAME Trooper White, FOR SHAME! 

c470 driver too
c470 driver too

just refering to "I flip him off every time I pass him"  that's all

Boorish
Boorish

Sure, it's fine until someone commits a crime against Boor. Hope the cops flip him off when he calls for help. Idiot. Go live some place that really is a police state.

Guest
Guest

You're an idiot. It's because of dimwits like you that our police and lawmakers get away with crap like this. 

BarneyFife
BarneyFife

As if the cops will help.  Showing up an hour after the crime has been committed stinking of donuts can hardly be called "help."

Carlaw26
Carlaw26

"Stinking of donuts". I lmao when I read that.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Glad it passed the smell test. Thanks for posting, Carlaw26.

MyOpinion
MyOpinion

Boorish is right and you're an idiot BarneyFife.

Guest
Guest

Right.  Cops rarely stop crimes in progress, and their success in using investigative skills to catch rapists, murders, batterers, and robbers is pathetic -- 50% or less.  They show up after the fact to write a report for insurance purposes only if it's a crime involving theft or vandalism. Or they harass you for petty offenses where there is no victim, just for the sole purpose of collecting revenue for the city.  Cops are primarily revenue agents, not "peace officers" protecting and serving.

Jamlocaldenver
Jamlocaldenver

He's lucky it was an agency as decent as the state patrol...if Denver woulda tracked him down, there woulda been a beat down with that summons...

Logansackett
Logansackett

Or a shooting.

Douglas Stiff
Douglas Stiff

Slowly but surely are freedoms have been stripped away for nearly a Century.  Our elected officials in congress refer to themselves as "Legislators and or Law Makers."  Do you think it was a mistake that the constitution and Bill of Rights were designed in such a limited fashion?  What can you do in this country anymore without paying a licensing fee, or tax to the government?  We have laws and rules for everything now in this country.  If something new is developed, the government is quick to legislate a structure around it.  We have become exactly what our founders were seeking freedom from.  We have become slaves in a bureaucracy.  Like a blood sucking bug that injects an anesthetic into its victim while extracting its life force, our federal government has fed us pointless stimulus programs to ease the pain of destroying our way of life. Cash 4 Clunkers, and the 8K federal income tax rebate for new home purchase program are just a couple that come to mind. Of course, nobody has driven through a pothole on a federal highway since the road programs started.  My point is this, remember back in elementary school when your teachers would tell you that we live in a free country?  Do you still think it is?

Maya
Maya

I know why the flipping bird sings.

Neil
Neil

How is a finger gesture harassment and showing up at their place of employment not? We are slowly losing every right we have and it really is turning into a police state, I seriously fear how things are going to be for my kid when he grows up.

cheesecake
cheesecake

So I paid one asshole to track somebody down cause he offended another asshole? and I cant buy groceries? this is my tax money, I want the two officers to pay it back, and I want a refund from the state of Colorado.... 

Robert
Robert

I'm calling Colonel Wolfinbarger, Chief of the C.S.P right now to inquire what disciplinary action is being taken against Lagrand, whether the charge has been dropped, and what measures Wolfinbarger is taking to ensure that such an incident is never repeated.C.S.P. -- 303.239.4500

barbarian at the gate
barbarian at the gate

And the name of the fellow dispensing the rude gesture really is Boor? That's too good.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

The same thing occurred to me, Barbarian! Thanks for the post.

Robert
Robert

damn -- beat me to it!

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