A Canadian just has ruled in favor of flipping the bird. So FACTZ is removing our ‘blur’ from the #FauciFinger – If Canada believes in the finger, Melisa Rein-Lively believes in the finger, and Maverick from Top Gun (OG) believes in the finger, so should we.
In a 26-page decision, Dennis Galiatsatos dismissed a case levied against a man who was accused of harassing his neighbor in a suburb of Montreal.
The ruling read in part, “To be abundantly clear, it is not a crime to give someone the finger. Flipping the proverbial bird is a God-given, charter-enshrined right that belongs to every red-blooded Canadian.”
The case was about Neall Epstein, a teacher, arrested in May 2021 for uttering death threats and “criminal harassment” against his neighbor in Quebec.
But in his decision, Galiatsatos rebuked the neighbor and complainant, Michael Naccache, calling his grievances “nothing more than mundane, petty neighborhood trivialities.”
He added, “It is deplorable that the complainants have weaponized the criminal justice system in an attempt to exert revenge on an innocent man for some perceived slights that are, at best, trivial peeves.”
In May, Epstein testified that Naccache held up a handhill drill and said, “You fucking crazy neighbor, you dipshit, you’re fucking dead.” Epstein said he responded, “fuck off” and gave Naccache the finger.
CCTV footage does show Epstein flipping the bird to Naccache. When Epstein returned home later that day, police officers arrested him for uttering death threats.
Galiatsatos wrote, “The complainants are free to clutch their pearls in the face of such an insult. However, the police department and the 911 dispatching service have more important priorities to address.” He concluded that the middle finger “may not be civil, it may not be polite, it may not be gentlemanly,” he added, “nevertheless, it does not trigger criminal liability.”