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  • Don't Insult Dutch Police Officers

    Insulting police officers is a crime

    Tuesday 22 September 2009

    Police officers do not have to have a thicker skin than ordinary citizens when it comes to being sworn at or insulted, the high court ruled on Tuesday.

    The court was looking at the case of a woman found not guilty of insulting four police officers in 2006 by calling them losers, suckers, and other swear words which loosely translate as bastard.

    She was freed after a lower court said police are expected to have thick skins and to be able take some abuse.

    The case is to be referred back to the appeal court for reconsideration, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday.

    'You often hear that the police should have a thick skin but that is not what the law says,' said a court spokesman. 'In fact, the opposite is the case. People who insult civil servants doing their jobs run the risk of being punished more severely.'

    http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archive...icers_is_a.php
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    While I agree that people shouldn't insult peace officers, I also agree it is baggage that comes with the job; constructive criticism. However, I disagree that someone should be prosecuted for merely initiating words. A citation for disorderly conduct would work just fine, but to be arrested is a little overboard. That's also a lot of unnecessary paperwork and tax dollars for a public defender....
    "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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    • #3
      Az4code23
      I agree up here in NY we have 7 sub divisions for discon one of them fits just about any twit that acts the fool.

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      • #4
        There are two things I can't stand: People who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and the Dutch.
        Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

        I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ateamer View Post
          There are two things I can't stand: People who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and the Dutch.
          LOL, +1 Austin

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          • #6
            When I was in the Netherlands, I found the police officers to be very friendly. I enjoyed talking to them. The all speak English, some better than others.
            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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            • #7
              Here in Phx I know many supervisors that are of the opinion we're paid to be abused & should accept it!. That aliberal European court has no problem with people abusing the police in any way doesn't strike me as shocking at all.............

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hemicop View Post
                That aliberal European court has no problem with people abusing the police in any way doesn't strike me as shocking at all.............
                What is surprising is that the court ruled the other way: "Police officers do not have to have a thicker skin than ordinary citizens when it comes to being sworn at or insulted, the high court ruled."
                Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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