'F--- Trump' graphic on pickup stirs controversy in Texas
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Nov 17, 2017,
Nov 17, 2017, 0:24
A Texas sheriff has come under fire after threatening a driver with misdemeanour charges for attaching an anti-Trump sticker to his vehicle.
It was eye catching, to be sure, and a picture of the truck eventually made its way all the way to the desk of Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, who said in a Facebook post that he had received 'numerous calls regarding the offensive display.' 'If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you.
Nehls later responded to his Facebook post with a photo of the Texas criminal code that outlined potential laws the decal could violate.
The sheriff southwest of Houston put out a call for information, saying that a prosecutor had already told him that she could bring disorderly conduct charges. Some said the owner of the truck was well within his or her First Amendment rights, while others said the language used was profane and offensive.
The Houston Chronicle said the truck's owners have no plans to remove the custom graphic, which they ordered after Trump's election.
The decal has gone viral several times, she said, and she gets plenty of feedback on the road.
Nehls was seeking the owner of the truck, hoping to work out an agreement to modify the display in lieu of disorderly conduct charges.
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On Twitter, users debated the fate of the sticker.
Fonseca says her main issue with the president is she disagrees with his promised border wall. "It's just our freedom of speech and we're exercising it". "They want to shake your hand". "They smile. They stop you", Fonseca told KTRK. Fonseca said she's surprised Nehls couldn't reach her.
Nehls later shared the Texas statute he was thinking of, which prohibits language that "tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace". "I don't want to see anything happen to anyone".
The Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union offered to help Fonseca - and provided Nehls with a "Constitutional Law 101" lesson: "You can't ban speech just because it has [expletive] in it".
"Is it a slow news day in Fort Bend County, or worse yet, isn't there any real crime?"
So far, he hasn't received almost as much help finding the owner as he has comments about free speech, the First Amendment, negative decals from the past that had no legal consequences, drinking the Kool-Aid, and suggestions on what law enforcement could be working on instead.