An NYPD spokesman this weekend cleared up a common curiosity: cursing at cops can't get you canned. NYPD's Paul Browne told the Times City section that New Yorkers were within their rights to mouth off at officers. In response to a reader's query "Are there any limits to what I can say to a New York police officer?" civil liberties lawyer Norman Sigel added, “It’s legally protected, and I advise people not to curse at anyone, including police officers, but if you do, it’s not grounds for an arrest.” The paper then clarified that threatening an officer or attempting to incite a riot however might not be the safest way to keep yourself on the right side of the law. Ironically, it's getting tougher for cops themselves to get away with dropping least on the big screen.