Man Sues Cops After Arrest for Cursing
Says his right to free speech was violated
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2014 10:29 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A western Pennsylvania man arrested for cursing in front of police has filed a lawsuit saying his right to free speech was violated. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Richard Pustovrh was arguing with his employers in September 2012 when they called the police. Pustovrh then repeatedly used an obscenity to voice his frustration after a Canonsburg police officer warned him to stop. He was handcuffed and later found guilty of disorderly conduct and obscene language, though the latter charge was withdrawn on appeal. Pustovrh wants a declaration that the police actions were unconstitutional, and he's seeking punitive damages of $100,000.