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SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a citizen has the First Amendment right to call police abusive names and yell profanity while they’re investigating a crime.

The court on Thursday threw out the conviction of a juvenile who had yelled at officers while they tried to calm his intoxicated sister.

Police responded to a report of an out-of-control juvenile woman. As they took her from the house, the boy thought the saw a nightstick. He stood in the doorway and told the officers not to use it on her.

Officers ordered him into the house but he kept yelling. After he yelled profanity, police arrested him on a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer.

The justices said the First Amendment protects citizens against prosecution when they exercise their constitutional right to speak and to criticize certain governmental activities.

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12 comments

  • hellomurica

    I suppose in a way that’s a good thing. They can’t use it as an excuse for arresting someone, and they will have to do their job and ignore idiots who yell at them. Bottom line is: grow thicker skin or get a new job.

      • hellomurica

        That’s the point. I don’t want a job like that, because I know what it entails. If they get into it thinking that it’s all rosey, and then flip their sh** when people start cussing at them, they are in the wrong profession.

  • dg54321

    Should you be vulgar to anybody? Of course not. But it’s hardly a crime. Profanity doesn’t equal a threat, until it does, and that’s the line that delineates free speech and not free speech. Pretty simple really.

  • Dee

    Just taking that a teeny bit further…so if an arrested person starts swearing in the court, can that also be deemed their constitutional right or will they be held in contempt?

  • Kathy

    To bad the judges have given the citizens the rights to call the police rude names swareing causing a hostile situation by calling names to our finest makes me sick Hopefully our Police officers will take this one step farther and not put up with anyone and there rude foul mouths and give them a taste of there screwed up manners ! Hello to the Parents of these rotten kids if you educated your Brats a little more stood by there side when they needed there parents instead most of the Children these days are kids having kids no morals no manners and respect the law quit lowing to yourself nobody is perfect but gezzzz all these young adults really have no manners and it’s sick when I hear these folks running there mouths calling the police ugly names but wait hold on the same kid who told a police officer out of Seattle to F-ck Off he needed help someone robbed his grandma we’ll to bad son you told the Police Officer to F-Off and now you need help and you think they will rush to your side Nope taking there time going slow but safe and they shouldn’t jump for any pinks that think there so Hot to say F-Off Policeman you suck donkey d-cks and now you want the Law to run to you NO NO NO NO take your mouth wash it out wash it out at least 10 times and then go say your sorry and don’t think you can talk dirty sick laugh age to anyone learn to have manners and sad your own parents never taught you to respect the law shut your mouth when someone is speaking to you and if you don’t like what a Officer says well to bad !