Chicago’s Police Department will stop enforcing a century-old ordinance that outlaws public swearing. The decision came after a lawsuit last month charged that the law banning “indecent acts and words” violates 1st Amendment free speech protections, reported the Chicago Tribune. “Apparently [the lawsuit] forced them to acknowledge that they shouldn’t arrest or ticket people under the ordinance,” said Thomas Morrissey, one of the lawyers who filed the suit. “They’re trying to stem the bleeding.”
A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department said that most citations under the “indecent acts and words” ordinance in recent years had been for public urination. An ordinance specifically outlawing public urination was passed last summer, she said.