Thursday, July 30, 2009
By Steven L. Taylor

The following from the LAT dovetails with my previous post and is worth a quick read (it is brief): Arrest of Gates also shines a light on ‘disorderly conduct’ laws.

The money bottom line”

“You might think that in the United States, you have a right to state an opinion, even an offensive opinion. But prosecutors like to say you don’t have a right to mouth off to the police,” said Boston defense lawyer Samuel Goldberg.

“Gates was saying, ‘You are hassling me because I’m black.’ I understand how that’s offensive to a police officer.

“It’s astounding to me to call it criminal.”

The piece also discusses the issue of drawing someone into public so that their behavior can then be said to be “disorderly” as the Moskos quote noted in the previous post.

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