Park Ridge gets rid of swearing ban

October 5, 2011 (PARK RIDGE, Ill.)

Park Ridge City Council just eliminated an old law that made it illegal to use profanity in any street, alley or public place.

Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski says it becomes a freedom-of-speech issue when there is an anti-swearing law on the books, even when it isn't enforced.

Also dropped from the city's roster of laws was part of a disorderly-conduct ordinance outlawing the use of "abusive or obscene language" and gestures.

Kaminski says the city is also going to look at other questionable laws, like one that bars people from wearing clothing belonging to the opposite gender.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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