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Published:May 17th, 2010 12:14 EST

Should Citizens Have The Right To Swear At Cops?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"An American rights group is suing the police in Pennsylvania for issuing tickets, which carry a jail sentence, to people for swearing.

copThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the lawsuits earlier, argues that the right to use profanity is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

One lawsuit involves an unidentified woman in Luzerne County in northeast Pennsylvania who was given a citation which carries a maximum penalty of $300 and 90 days in jail after she yelled an offensive word at a motorcyclist who swerved close to her in October 2008.

In a separate case a man was arrested, cited for disorderly conduct and briefly jailed after shouting a double expletive at a policeman who was writing him a parking ticket."


Cops are trained to withstand verbal abuse, and if an angry citizen swears at them they should "grin and bear it".

Sometimes nothing short of shouting an expletive will suffice, and a man who doesn`t have a few choice profanities at the ready is an ineffectual eunuch.

If a donut-munching cop who has been hiding in a driveway for hours just waiting to nab an unwary citizen issues a poor guy a speeding ticket, he has the constitutional right to call the lazy police officer everything but a child of God.

I don`t recommend swearing at a law enforcement officer, he may go Robo Cop on you. But swearing at your adversary is as American as mom, apple pie, and making out with the town tramp.

Thank goodness that the ACLU is protecting our right to yell a double expletive at a policeman.

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