Cussing To Police Officers Pa Is No Longer Illegal

01.05.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 It’s never a great idea to swear at police... but if you do - it's no longer considered a crime in Pennsylvania. State police have agreed to stop citing the public for cursing as part of a settlement announced Tuesday in a federal free-speech lawsuit. Citations can lead to hundreds of dollars in fines and legal costs, not to mention the occasional jail stint. State troopers issued more than 700 disorderly conduct citations for swearing in a recent one-year span, and local police hundreds more. A spokesperson for the A.C.L.U. says the Pennsylvania Supreme Court years ago deemed such speech legal as long as it's neither threatening nor obscene.