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Woman Arrested for Smearing Raw Pork on Boston Police Station

A woman was arrested after she allegedly made her displeasure with police known by smearing bacon and pork sausage on a Massachusetts police station window.

Lindsey McNamara allegedly approached the police station in the Boston suburb of Framingham carrying a box of what appeared to be Dunkin' Donuts, reports United Press International. The woman told the officer at the dispatch window that she was there to "feed the pigs" before revealing the contents of her box: raw pork products.

As you might imagine, the woman's actions didn't exactly go over well with police.

Charged With Disorderly Conduct, Destruction of Property

After smearing bacon and sausage on the dispatch window, McNamara allegedly tossed the remainder of her pork stash onto the counter. She was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property.

Disorderly conduct, also known as disturbing the peace, is a catch-all crime used to punish a wide variety of unacceptable public behavior, from loitering to being drunk in public. Under Massachusetts law, disorderly conduct can be punished by a fine of up to $150 for the first offense, and up to six months in jail and a fine of $200 for a subsequent offense.

Is Insulting a Cop a Crime?

Although the woman in this case was arrested for way in which she went about voicing her disdain for law enforcement, generally insulting a police officer is not a crime. Even flipping a police officer the middle finger was ruled not be grounds for a traffic stop by a federal court of appeals in 2013.

However, insulting police officers is a good way to get their attention. And when the insult is coupled with actions that may constitute a crime, your insults may increase the likelihood that you will be arrested.

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