Amy Barnes with Georgia State Senator Vincent D. Fort. (via

Good news, fellow Americans: we can still shout "F*ck the police!" whenever we find it necessary.

You probably thought shouting stuff was your First Amendment right, and you were correct. Amy Elizabeth Barnes, a political activist, was arrested in Cobb County, Georgia in the spring of 2012 for shouting "Cobb police suck!" and "F*ck the police!" at a group of officers interrogating an African-American man outside a convenience store.

Barnes then sped off on her bicycle, and the cops abandoned the dude and went after her. She was arrested and held for 23 hours, including 6 hours in solitary confinement. Barnes was charged with "inciting an immediate breach of the peace." Barnes' lawyer, Cynthia Counts, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the police, "argued that it was a bad neighborhood and you shouldn't disrespect the police because it could create issues." But this not-super-Constitutional excuse was struck down in federal court by a judge who also awarded Barnes $100,000.

Barnes isn't necessarily the First Amendment hero America wants, though. She was arrested in 2013 after her four and five-year-old children were found playing alone on a playground a few blocks from her home. Police investigated and found "raw sewage, feces, dirt, moldy food and dog food on the floors, exposed electrical wires throughout the house," and a "German Shepherd in dire need of medical care."


Dammit, if we can't trust the police and we can't trust the people who yell expletives at them, who can we trust?

Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Gawker