How heart-warming it must be for police officers to go into work each day knowing they are now fair game for any scum-bag who fancies swearing at them.
Courts believe that being on the receiving end of the most common profanities does not cause officers ‘harassment or distress’ and that bad language is therefore insufficient reason to detain anyone. This misses the point completely.
Police have long since stopped being offended by puerile abuse – but allowing them to be subjected to it with impunity encourages yobbish behaviour and further undermines respect for authority.
This ill-conceived ruling merely emphasises the fact that decency and respect are rapidly becoming a distant memory.