Kansas Man Who Flipped Off Cop Gets $5,000 From City

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Olathe, Kansas man who flashed an obscene gesture at a police officer after getting a ticket is getting rewarded for his behavior.

The city of Olathe has settled a civil rights complaint filed by Scott Schaper of Overland Park.

He was ticketed in September for disorderly conduct for flipping off an officer who had given him a ticket for running a stop sign.

The city of Olathe last week agreed that its insurance company would pay Schaper $4,000, with another $1,000 for the American
Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri.

Olathe police also must train its officers that they are required to take such verbal abuse.

The Kansas City Star reports that Doug Bonney, legal director for the ACLU chapter, says Schaper reacted angrily because the traffic stop made his children cry.

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