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New Bill Would Ban Police Officers From Using Profanity

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BOSTON (CBS) —- State Representative Benjamin Swan is a co-sponsor of a bill that would make it a crime for a sworn officer to use inappropriate language.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Swan says living in downtown Springfield, he hears too much of that from police officers.

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“From my bedroom window, I see police officers pull over a motorist using inappropriate language,” Swan told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

The bill is expected to be considered Thursday by a legislative committee.

It states members of the public have a right not to be insulted by public servants being paid with their tax dollars.

“I asked men in the bar whether or not they had ever witnessed an inappropriate use of language, every person there said yes,” Swan said.

It’s not just swearing that would be banned under the bill, it would pertain to any language that casts a negative reflection on a person’s race, color or any other negative stereotype.

The bill says swearing on the job would be grounds for dismissal from further duties as a law officer.

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