Massachusetts police officers could lose job over swearing

By: Liz Tufts

ltufts@abc6.com

 

Cops who curse in Massachusetts could be let go because of their potty mouths.

If you ask Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney what he thinks about a bill that would punish Massachusetts police officers for swearing on the job, he's literally at a loss for words. But what upsets him even more, A lawmaker from his own city is pushing for the pink slips. “It's unnecessary, it's ridiculous, I'm embarrassed that my own state rep thinks so little of his police department that would sponsor such a bill, ” says Chief Heagney.

But Representative Paul Heroux of Attleboro says his reason for cosponsoring the bill is simple. “Police officers have to maintain a level of professionalism, ” says Heroux.

If passed, the law would also target cops using racial slurs, but many Massachusetts residents say the bill is over the top.

The bill now heads to the public safety committee. But, just to give you a little perspective…

This same bill has been introduced 16 times, but failed to pass.