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Swearing bill bans 'negative' language among Massachusetts police officers

A legislative committee was expected to consider a swearing bill Thursday that would make it a crime for a sworn officer to curse or use "negative" language while on duty.

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A legislative committee was expected to consider a swearing bill Thursday that would make it a crime for a sworn officer to curse or use "negative" language while on duty.

The bill is based on the belief that people have a right not to be insulted by public servants whose salary is paid by taxpayers, and would ban officers not only from swearing, but from speaking in a way that casts "a negative reflection toward an individual’s race, color, ethnic origin, religion, economic status nor any other category of negative stereotyping."

View the bill's full text at malegislature.gov.

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