A federal judge told a Virginia sheriff's deputy that he had no right to pull over a car because a passenger flipped him off.
On Friday, proceedings advanced in the lawsuit against Patrick County Lieutenant Rob Coleman. US District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had found sufficient evidence to bring the matter to trial.Brian H. Clark, the irreverent passenger, has a history of annoying authority.
In 2016, Judge Martin F. Clark Jr (no relation) banned Brian Clark from entering the county courthouse clerk's office without a lawyer. The judge complained that Clark annoyed his staff with "numerous emails, letters and filings," and the state Supreme Court upheld the order.
"Coleman still lacked any authority to seize him during a traffic stop, and a reasonable officer should have known that any seizure was in contravention of the Constitution," Judge Kiser ruled
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