A man from San Francisco who swore at a police officer was found not guilty on Friday. He was facing five misdemeanor charges, including battery and resisting arrest.
Chris Christopher, 22, and his friend were parked legally at Newhall Street and La Salle Avenue on April 9, 2010. Christopher’s mother saw the two men and she pulled her car alongside them to talk to them.
Christopher’s mother was parked illegally and a cop came up to her and asked for ID. The officer then asked for Christopher’s name but the cop did not believe him when he answered, according to Foxreno. Christopher then told the cop “what if I tell you it’s F—K you?”
The officer didn’t like Christopher’s response and an argument followed, according to SFweekly. The officer claims that Christopher said “How do you know I don’t have a gun”, while reaching under his seat. However, there were witnesses who say that the young man never said those words.
The cop allegedly pushed Christopher’s mother out the way and that made Christopher upset. That’s when Christopher got out of his vehicle and yelled at the cop. The man got back into his car but cops told him to get back out of the vehicle again.
Christopher’s public offender said that his client may have said “F—K you” to the cop and it was offensive but it was not criminal. The jury agreed with the public offender and cleared Christopher of five misdemeanor charges.
What Christopher said was not illegal because there is nothing in the penal code that says it is illegal.