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A federal jury has tossed the civil rights suit of an upstate man who gave the middle finger to a police officer and then claimed he was falsely arrested as a result. After a three-day trial and two hours of deliberations, a Northern District jury determined that Village of St. Johnsville Police Officer Richard Insogna had reasonable suspicion to stop a car after John Swartz, driving by on the passenger side, flipped Insogna the middle finger. In its April 17 verdict, the jury in Swartz v. Insogna, 09-cv-616, also concluded there was probable cause to arrest Swartz at the ensuing traffic stop.

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