A middle finger light display has a neighborhood in the news today. A woman placed the display with holiday lights on her roof as a message to one of her neighbors -- whom she says stole her dog. On Jan. 7, ABC News reported that Sarah Childs is now asking a judge to let her keep her offensive (to some) lights up.
"She says police threatened her with fines and arrest because of the lights. She and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city and police (sic)," ABC News reported. The argument that the display is not protected by the constitution is being made by the city.
The middle finger light display case was overseen by U.S. District Judge James Brady. Childs is seeking a "preliminary injunction barring the city of Denham Springs and police from requiring her to remove the display" (ABC News). It is unknown whether or not the judge has plans to honor Childs' request or if he will order Childs to take down the display.
As far as Childs' claims, it is unknown why she did not press charges against the neighbor whom she says stole her dog. Perhaps she has no proof or no case and this display was her best way to let her neighbor know just how she feels.
The middle finger light display can be seen in the video on the left.
© Effie Orfanides 2013