If you call a police officer, or anyone else, a vulgar name (but don’t do anything else), are you guilty of disorderly conduct, or, alternatively, disturbing the peace?
This is really not a close call under First Amendment law. Calling a police officer a vulgar name may be impolite and dumb, but is not disorderly conduct, nor is it disturbing the peace. A magistrate in Massachusetts only got it half right, but other authorities prevailed on the half that the magistrate got wrong.
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