A Tennessee teenager allegedly squealed “pigs!” at police officers Friday and wound up being the one confined to a pen.
The First Amendment generally protects such insults but the pig-caller made a critical error, legal experts say.
William Reece, 19, was riding in a Honda Accord traveling at most 40 miles per hour when he cracked a rear passenger door and yelled the insult at officers performing a traffic stop, according to a police report.
The unamused patrolmen with the Newport Police Department caught up with the car and arrested Reece for disorderly conduct “due to creating a hazardous condition that served no legitimate purpose.”
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