What the %&*!? Bill Would Ban Mass. Cops From Cursing

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Police officers smile to fellow officers as they leave the scene after the arrest of a suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., April 19, 2013.

Police in Massachusetts will continue to have many tools at their disposal to respond to crime, but if a state legislator gets his way, one of them won’t be harsh language.

State Rep. Benjamin Swan has introduced a bill that would prohibit law enforcement officers from using profanity, racial slurs or any name-calling while dealing with the public. The idea for the legislation came from a conversation Swan had about police with guys in a local bar.

“I asked the men in the bar whether or not they had ever witnessed inappropriate use of language and every person there said ‘yes’,” Swan told WBZ NewsRadio. If the bill becomes law, officers could potentially lose their jobs for violation of the code.

Scrutiny of cussing cops is not without recent precedent. In August, Gilberton, Pennsylvania police chief Mark Kessler found himself suspended and later fired for a series of profanity-laden YouTube videos.

Read a copy of the bill proposal here.



You have to be f-ing kidding, stop cops from using profanity. no way it is away of life it helps with fustration and temper. cops are human. Now stopping the use of racial slurs that is ok because that is wrong. using profanity in front of children is wrong. but to punish a police person for using profane language is crazy.  arrest the cops and fire them for profanity , but let the citizens call cops anything they want to get their frustrations out. BS. Some state senator talks to some drunks in a  bar and comes up with that to put on the ballet, what a joke. 


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