Man fights for right to curse on NY traffic ticket payment

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William Barboza, 22, of Fairfield County, Conn., was arrested after police say he wrote obscenities on his speeding ticket payment.

(CBS/AP) LIBERTY, N.Y. - William Barboza, a 22-year-old Connecticut man who wrote obscenities and the word "Tyranny" on his speeding ticket payment to New York authorities, claims in a federal lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was subsequently arrested .

Barboza is suing two police officers in the Catskill-area village of Liberty, N.Y. over the arrest.

Barboza had replaced the town name "Liberty" with "Tyranny" and added an obscenity-laced insult on the payment form accompanying an August 2012 ticket.

The lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union says the Fairfield County man was ordered to town court, where he was handcuffed and arrested for aggravated harassment. He posted $200 bail that day. The harassment charge was dismissed in March.

The NYCLU argues that offensive language is protected speech.

There was no immediate comment from Liberty police.