Germans can insult police, court rules

Germans have the right to insult the police, the country’s constitutional court has ruled – as long as it’s not aimed at specific officers.

The court upheld an appeal by a woman who was sentenced to 15 hours’ community service for wearing a badge bearing the slogan “FCK CPS”.

The judges overturned the verdict of the lower court, ruling that the woman was protected by the right to free speech.

“Displaying the letters ‘FCK CPS’ in a public space is not in itself punishable, because of the basic right to freedom of expression,” they wrote in a unanimous verdict.