A 26-year-old recruitment consultant who was arrested last summer for giving the middle finger to police outside a Greenwich Village bar filed a lawsuit against the city Wednesday, arguing his First Amendment were violated, according to court documents.
DNSinfo.com reports that Robert Bell, a financial services recruiter who lives in Edison, N.J., was leaving the Slaughtered Lamb Pub on West 4th Street about 10 p.m. Aug. 6, 2011, when three officers walked past him, legal documents showed. With the officers' backs to him, Bell raised his middle finger for 'one to two seconds', the documents said.
But little did he know that a fourth officer who lagged behind his colleagues spotted the offending gesture and swooped in to arrest Bell, his lawyers said.
'Do you think that's funny ?' the officer said as he handcuffed Bell, according to the lawsuit.
The officers searched Bell's pockets and asked him why he had made the gesture.
'Because I don't like cops', he said, according to the lawsuit.
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Finally, Bloomberg reports that Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc asked a London court to approve a decision to block a $1m bonus awarded to its former head of corporate risk solutions before his dismissal.
Gary Cottle, who headed risk solutions in the investment banking division, lost his job when the unit was restructured in 2011 and refused to accept an alternative post, RBS said in court documents.
The bank is entitled to withhold the final payment of the banker's deferred bonus granted in 2009 because Cottle acted 'unreasonably' in turning down the role, according to the May filing.