Court splits over shouting at deputy’s procession

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A divided Pennsylvania appeals court is upholding some charges, but not disorderly conduct, against a woman convicted after shouting a vulgar expression about police amid a procession of vehicles escorting the body of a slain deputy.

A Superior Court panel ruled 2-to-1 on Thursday in favor of Collette Champagne McCoy’s convictions for disrupting a procession and conspiracy to disrupt it. They threw out her third charge, disorderly conduct.

McCoy was arrested in June 2011 in Reading for her actions as a group of vehicles escorted the body of Kyle Pagerly from the scene of his autopsy to a funeral home.

The majority opinion says McCoy walked through the procession, shouting an expression that denigrates police and pumping her fist, laughing.

The dissenting judge says the disruption statute isn’t constitutional.

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