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Judge: Calling Policeman “Cracker” Not Hate Crime

March 14, 1992

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A black woman who called a police officer a ″white cracker″ won’t be charged with a hate crime, a judge ruled.

Applying Florida’s Hate Crimes Act to Bettye Holloway’s comment would violate her First Amendment right of free speech, Broward County Judge June L. Johnson said Thursday.

″Probably she would have hated (police officers) no matter what color they were,″ Johnson said.

Holloway was arrested last July by police Officer Pat Noble, who said she interfered with his investigation of a theft from a beer truck. Noble said she called him a ″white cracker″ and other epithets.

She still faces a disorderly conduct charge.

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