05/26/2011 02:28 pm ET | Updated Jul 26, 2011

Shane Boor To Receive Free ACLU Defense For Flipping Off Cop

Shane Boor, a 35-year-old Colorado man arrested for extending his middle finger toward a Colorado State Trooper, will receive free defense services from the ACLU of Colorado.

Boor displayed his middle finger in April when he drove past a state trooper who had pulled over another car. According to the ACLU, the finger "quietly expressed Mr. Boor's disapproval of what he regarded as unjustified harassment by members of the trooper's profession."

After arriving at his destination, a second trooper arrived and questioned Boor regarding his gesture. The trooper issued Boor a criminal summons to Jefferson County Court.

In a statement released Thursday, ACLU Legal Director Mark Silverstein said "our client engaged in peaceful, silent symbolic expression that is protected by the First Amendment... It's rude to flip off a cop, but it's not a crime."

Boor faces up to six months in jail for the criminal charge of "harassment."

Stephen Colbert satirically profiled a similar case in 2009:

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