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Is barking at a police dog 'fighting words?'

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Does barking at a police dog constitute "fighting words?"

Mason Prosecutor Bethany Bennett thinks so. She is using that argument to try to keep a judge from dismissing a charge against Ryan Stephens on free speech grounds.

Stephens, 25, faces up to 60 days in jail if convicted of a charge of teasing a police dog when he allegedly got the dog riled up early April 3 when police were investigating a car crash outside the Mason Pub on Reading Road.


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