The right to curse at a police officer was upheld in Washington State on Thursday.
IB Times Reports:
Good news for people who want to throw “F-bombs” at police officers in Washington State: It’s protected by the first amendment. The Washington State Supreme Court handed down an opinion on Thursday that threw out charges in a 2011 obstruction case in which police were called to a Seattle home for an alleged disturbance.
The case involved a 17-year-old juvenile, identified as “Jordan” by her lawyer, who cursed at officers when they responded to a call at her house. Jordan’s mother had called 911 to ask them to “remove her intoxicated and belligerent daughter.”
In the court’s majority opinion, Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson said that, while Jordan’s “words may have been disrespectful, discourteous and annoying, they are nonetheless constitutionally protected.”
Seattle police spokesperson Sgt. Sean Whitcomb and the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild said that the ruling was not exactly a surprise.
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