I Just Yelled at a Cop Did I Break the Law

I Just Yelled at a Cop: Did I Break the Law?

May 16, 2014

The right to free speech is protected by the United States Constitution. This important protection shields U.S. citizens from government prosecution for expressing opinions. But does this constitutional protection apply to a heated argument with a police officer?

After all, police officers are government employees. Some people may interpret this as a blanket protection, giving them free reign to lose their temper with a cop and experience no consequences. While it is true that it is illegal for the government to prosecute someone for expressing their opinion, things can get complicated in the midst of an argument with a cop.