Police in Pennsylvania routinely treat the use of profanity as a crime, according to two federal suits filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania on behalf of residents who say they were issued citations for disorderly conduct for yelling swear words in traffic disputes. The ACLU says more than 750 citations were issued in one year for the use of profanity or profane gestures. "It may not be polite to swear at someone, but it's certainly not a crime," said Marieke Tuthill, an ACLU legal fellow.
ACLU Seeks to Strike Citations for Cursing
The Legal Intelligencer
May 13, 2010