Blather from the Consumerist: Court Says Berating TSA Officers During A Pat-Down Is Disorderly Conduct, Not Free Speech Using your words to fight is one thing, but you can’t just yell whatever you want in whoever’s face you want to yell it in, especially if that person is working in an official capacity.Not true, in particular the Supreme Court has rules that giving a cop the middle finger is protected speech, so there is plenty of room here for protest. It also doesn't matter much what a misdemeanor trial court in Nashville says. Their decisions have absolutely zero value as precedent. The problem in Andrea's case is that that something wasn't well-conveyed to the jury -- either the lawyer's presentation or the judge's instructions, or perhaps the jury simply ignored it. Justice cost Phil Mocek $30K. Just don't fly -- it's a more cost-effective protest.