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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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.