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Why can you get arrested if you curse at an officer, don't we have freedom of speech?

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It's called verbal abuse of an officer. They rarely enforce it but can if they want. Just FYI. The whole innocent until guilty is a crock also.

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doesn't that equate to something like abuse to an officer? They do tend to frown on abuse.

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Cause they have a badge and can do what they want

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That's the excuse for other countries; you hear a lot of stereotypes where they do what they want and if you don't like it they'll throw you in jail.
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No fair, you changed your answer!
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It's not simply about what they want, there ate not only laws against cursing an officer; but we actually aren't even suppose to curse others. There are a number of potential charges for this.
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ive called dirty cops pigs many times and worse, from my personal experience no

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Who does that lol r u outta ve ur mind :p

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Can say anything, just has to be followed by "in my opinion."

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Anything you say can & will be used against you

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Is that everywhere? I thought that only counted in court.
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That is ditto for all 3 of the other answers and the 5th one

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We do have freedom of speech, but that is limited to the point that our speech negatively affects others or infringe on others rights. In this case it is a verbal attack on an officer, and this has the potential for charges with pretty tough consequences.

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That's like flipping off an officer lol I did that once. He didn't do anything. They care more about their donuts. I would love to tie a donut on the back of my car and just wait for them to chase it.

Anyhow, we do have " Freedom Of Speech," but what people love to do is to cage our Freedom up, so we don't have any. I don't think it's alright to arrest people, just because they curse at an officer. Some of us have habits of cussing. It does take away our freedom of speech, and it's seriously not right at all.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say, can & will be used against you in the court-of-law. My father is a retired cop, and I'm gonna follow in his footsteps.

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Yes, you have the freedom of speech, but cursing out a cop can be taken as a threat. The 1st Amendment protects your right to say "This president sux!" But you can't be perceived as threatening to a law enforcement officer. Same with me, I'm a Flight Attendant, curse me out on my plane and see what happens to ya :-)

Just be respectful to the cops and you won't hafta worry about getting jacked up for using certain words. Try "yes sir" and "no sir", you'd be amazed at what a difference it makes.

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You have a taser
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Flight attendants like you make me sick. Abusing your power as a way to compensate for the fact that you make a paltry living doing it. "see what happens to ya" when someone in 1st class making 5-10x what you make hires a lawyer and you don't have a job anymore! How does it feel knowing that all you could make of yourself in life was being a flight attendant?
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That's because you haven't thought it through. What happens if somebody starts a fight at 40,000 feet? The plane has to divert and the offender gets arrested. Next time think it though all the way before making yourself look like and uninformed idiot.
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Police should not get special treatment if someone bleeped me out I won't see them in jail but they would have a bloody nose

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Actually, I think this came up in a case recently and it was decided by the court that you did have the right to curse at them, as well as in public.

People seem to forget, (cops included) that they work for the citizens, which means we are their employers. We have a right to get upset with them and sometimes when people are upset, the will curse.

The problem is, (most police officers) have control issues. If they want to arrest you because you cursed them, regardless of whether it is legal to do so or not, they will make something up(and do) then take you to jail.

Btw, cops do make the (laws), the legislatures do.

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No.. Some have control issues and will make up reasons. Some just simply take the opportunities idiots give us by their inability to maintain control of their emotions and actions.. (but thanks for your ignorant stereotypical comment) And by the way you as a tax payer are not my employer. That train of thought would also mean that the taxpayer who ends up murdering their spouse in a fit of rage could order us not to arrest them. And lastly I'm sure you meant to say we do not make the laws which is correct, but we are charged to enforce them, so don't get pissed when you break them and we do... Trust me, your sense self-entitlement is just a narcissistic illusion
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Paying taxes means you pay for the service of law enforcement... Do you employ the cooks and waiters at the restaurant you go too? What about the restaurant? oh that's right you just pay for the service.... Don't like the service? Go somewhere else or cook your own food.. I think I've made my point..
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We have freedom of speech, yes, but too many forget that freedom came with the Fighting Words Doctrine. Also, battery includes verbal attacks.

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Yesss....buuut, the stimpulation is that "rights" only apply when some one or some thing else is not threatened, offended, or otherwise harmed in the process. THIS is the concept most people dont understand when riot troops taze their butts and lovk them up.

(Be nice to the officers children, it keeps you from getting tear gassed.)

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Cursing is not the same as rioting. If you had a brain you would've known that.
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That comment gave me brain cancer
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Can you yell "fire!" in a crowded movie theater when there is no fire - because you have "freedom of speech"? Too many Americans don't understand this Amendment: your freedom of speech stops becoming free when you instigate injury to other people - for instance, it's illegal to threaten the President - you can be arrested for this - just try to remember that with any freedom provided by the Constitution, comes responsibility - and consequences. Cops are typically dealing with lowlife's on a daily basis - and this can make them ultra sensitive to any dis-respectful behavior - and cops have two things you don't: a gun and the power of arrest. A lot of cops shouldn't even have been hired - they are often just basic bullies with a badge - you don't want to antagonize them.

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Cursing is not exactly the same thing as yelling "fire" in a crowded theater now is it?
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Try cursing at a cop that's just come from some life threatening altercation with criminals - there is theory - and then there is reality.
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Verbal abuse is illegal in some states and it is wors when you do it to someone who works for the law in my experienc ppl who curs at cops need to learn a lesson in life anyways. Believ it or not cops can hold you up to 48 hrs in most states for no reson soo good luck with that. Im not a cop but iv learned a few things from doin stupid stuff like that and now have friends that are cops.

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Ok.. from a cop and not some teenage kid who thinks they know what they are talking about. Some states do in fact have laws which are designed to deter disrespect to sworn figures of law enforcement and these laws are rarely if ever enforced. Just like adultery, in many states it's illegal, but how many people are actually arrested for it? The thing people usually get arrested for in reference to what you are talking about is either disturbing the peace if they are creating a huge scene or delay and obstruct if their behavior is impeding an officers ability to do his or her job.
These are the only circumstances in which I ever arrest someone who is verbally abusive to me.. It is always for another crime but the average idiot on the street who thinks they are ready for the bar exam because they watch l.a. law or c.s.i. think it is because someone is getting mouthy. People who have a problem with law enforcement just because they are law enforcement are rarely worth my attention anyway.
Wanna prove how tough you are? Skip the swearing and put a hand on me

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Generally, simply cursing is not illegal. Most of the answers above are nonsense. jsun73 is correct that it has to go beyond the words and involve something else, such as loud noise or disruptive public behavior.

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