ACLU Files Lawsuit For Man Who Blames Cops For Killing Jesus

A man who received a ticket from a state trooper had a history of posting anti-police memes and comments.

​Terre Haute, IN – An Indiana man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming his right to free speech was violated when he was ticketed for flipping the middle finger at a state trooper.

Mark May was ticketed for "provocation" by Indiana State Police Master Trooper Matt Ames on Aug. 21, 2017, according to the Tribune-Star.

Indiana Criminal Code said “a person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally engages in conduct that is likely to provoke a reasonable person to commit battery commits provocation, a Class C infraction,” which carries a penalty of up to $500, the Tribune-Star reported.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana filed the lawsuit on May’s behalf on Feb. 1.

According to the lawsuit, May admitted that he raised his middle finger to Trooper Ames as the trooper drove past May on the highway.

He claimed Trooper Ames “aggressively cut in front” him at a state road intersection in Terre Haute, Newsweek reported.

In the court filing, May said he realized Trooper Ames was pursuing another motorist, but he was annoyed because he thought the chase was “not a wise use of police resources.”

He said he felt that another motorist seen doing the same thing the trooper did would have been ticketed, according to Newsweek.

But May’s Facebook page told a different story. It was littered with incendiary anti-police comments and memes, many posted before he was ticketed for flipping off an officer.

For example, May claimed in the lawsuit that it was the officer cutting him off that triggered his response, but his Oct. 14, 2017 Facebook post implied something quite different.

“I truly wish we could be honest about what cops really do,” May posted on Facebook less two months after his ticket.

“In many cases, we cannot even talk about it. I dare you to try to exercise your freedom of speech with a cop. There is a near 100% chance he will pull you over. The extra bad ones will even give you a ticket for trying to let them know you despise them,” May wrote.

There were numerous other anti-police posts on his page which implied that May's feelings about police had nothing to do with his one-time encounter with Trooper May.

Kenneth Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana, said May’s gesture to Trooper Ames was expressive conduct fully protected by the First Amendment, according to the Tribune-Star.

“While perhaps ill advised, Mr. May’s gesture, which in no way interfered with the Master Trooper’s lawful activities, was fully protected by the First Amendment,” Falk said.

He also said the state trooper “had no cause whatsoever to initiate the stop ... and the stop represents an unconstitutional seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

May fought the ticket in Terre Haute City Court and lost.

However, he appealed and the Vigo Superior Court found in his favor, and vacated the conviction.

At that point, the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office dropped the case and the ticket was dismissed.

Captain David Bursten, Chief Public Information Officer for Indiana State Police, told FOX News that as of Friday, the department had not yet been notified of the lawsuit, but said "it often takes several days" for the agency to be informed about new lawsuits that are filed.

May is a self-employed carpet cleaner who claimed he’d lost two days of income due to court appearances. He was seeking unspecified damages and attorney’s fees in the lawsuit.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

If you believe what your Bible tells you, wasn't it technically the police who killed Jesus?

Calm down. All I'm saying is, on that point, he's not wrong.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn Technically it was the Roman government.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd effectively, they were police.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Mythology

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Agreed. That's why I started with "if you believe what your Bible tells you."

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn Sounded to me like you were asking a question. You know like you had questions. Now it sounds like you are making a statement. Which is it?

b1rd
b1rd

@Thinblueline not mythology. It is a fact that a person named Jesus was executed by the Roman government. You must be disputing who he was.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd it's not a fact anywhere except the bible. And you can't use reference to verify itself.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn I can. Even the Huffington Post doesn't say Jesus didn't live. They even make a theory that Jesus was the first transgender.

b1rd
b1rd

That should satisfy you.

b1rd
b1rd

then there is Wikipedia.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn what do you have that says he didn't exist?

b1rd
b1rd

I even checked Snopes. They didn't say Jesus was a myth.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd tag me correctly, then I'll comment.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

@b1rd, so you are using the Huffington post, Wikipedia, and Snopes to "prove" your point? Wow.

b1rd
b1rd

I figure it is the only way @Hi_ass will believe it. Normally I wouldn't read their trash.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn okay here is some references for ya. Now lets see your research. No BS comments. Prove Jesus didn't live.

lds719
lds719

Again, you are wrong. I am not religious, but even I know the Muslim's Quran acknowledges the existence of Jesus. They believe that he was a prophet, not the son of God.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719 no, you're wrong. It's still self-referential. Islam and Judaism and Christianity are Abrahamic religions.

Now, if there were stories written about God on earth in total other regions of the world at the same time as the bible, you'd have a point.

And Jesus's story was told before. It's Osiris's story from Egyptian mythology, hundreds of years prior to the New Testament.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn So let me see if I can understand what you are trying to say.

b1rd
b1rd

Jesus didn't exist because he is only made possible because of the bible?

b1rd
b1rd

By the way, you are wrong about Osiris.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. you would imagine a man that walks on water, turns water into wine, feeds many people with very little food, and comes back to life after he was murdered would be written about in many more books than just the Torah, the New Testament, and the Quran. Those books are all interconnected.

Take figures like Genghis Khan, the Vikings, or King Tut for example. All notable figures in history, but none did anything "magical" like Jesus. But, these figures have written accounts of things they did outside of their place of origin. Why would someone has powerful as Jesus not have anything written about him outside of his immediate area of influence?

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

the aclu, hating police,and supporting criminals since .... so long I dont know when.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

The alcu hating America, and supporting criminals since..... I don't even know , it been so long

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719 the Quran, the New Testament, and the Torah are all written about the exact same time period, in the exact location. You didn't prove anything, except that different authors shared the same myths between themselves.

are there accounts of Jesus, or the worldwide flood, or plagues of frogs and locusts, or any of the extraordinary phenomena of the time found outside of Abrahamic religion?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn I see you have changed the terms of your statement. You said Jesus never existed. I said he did and proved it. Now you want to debate what he did. Those are two different things. Please stay on subject. If you want to debate what he did just say so.

b1rd
b1rd

Another reason I would like to know your prefered pronoun

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd nope. my argument is if he was real, why is he not written about in anything other than the books directly connected to him?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn this is how the conversation started (just so you don't have to scroll back up to check the FACTS. But go ahead and do so if you like. "@Thinblueline not mythology. It is a fact that a person named Jesus was executed by the Roman government. You must be disputing who he was."

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn so what you are saying is no person existed named Jesus and no one by that name was executed by the roman government. You have yet to prove that.

b1rd
b1rd

I said nothing about who he was. Just that he existed.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd exactly.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn and @ThinbluelineI can see both of you are really off base.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd my belief is Jesus did not exist, because there is not enough evidence to prove he did. The only evidence are book written at the same time, in the same region. That's not enough to prove someone existed. If that was true, then Spider-Man is also true. There have many more stories and miracles written about him, than Jesus.

b1rd
b1rd

"If you believe what your Bible tells you, wasn't it technically the police who killed Jesus?"

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn you are making a statement without any reference besides yourself. That answer cannot be accepted

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd then I guess we're done. Have fun with God, I suppose.

b1rd
b1rd

Some people want to make statements with no support other than what they say. Gotta love ignorance.

Heezels
Heezels

Okay, but the point itself is a non-sequitar. Why would it matter if the Roman soldiers that lead Jesus to his death acted in the form of law enforcement?

It’s a rhetorical trap. It’s meant to draw a moral equivalence to something Christians find distasteful. But even in the context of the Bible, religion was utilized as the primary tool to convict Jesus in the first place. This man’s ideological point is nonsense.