Woman with 'F__k Trump' sticker arrested on outstanding warrant
- Author: Joey Payne Nov 17, 2017,
Nov 17, 2017, 1:11
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.
A Texas sheriff is getting angry feedback from free speech advocates after he wrote a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, threatening charges against a driver for a profane anti-Trump sticker on the window of her truck. "Now you have a breach of the peace", said Nehls in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. In his social media post, the sheriff mentions talking to a prosecutor about filing disorderly conduct charges.
Owner of the truck Karen Fonseca said she was a former employee of the county jail and that she and her husband custom-ordered the sticker just after Trump was inaugurated in January, the Houston Chronicle reported. And while she is reportedly not planning to contact Nehls, Fonseca told KTRK that she is open to having a dialogue with him. Forsenca said she doesn't understand why the sheriff didn't reach out to her, instead of posting it on Facebook.
Another commenter, Linzi Bee, wrote, "I've seen this truck, and I would (be) pleased if the owner of this vehicle was prosecuted for disorderly conduct". The large print decal reads, "F**K TRUMP AND F**K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM". "They smile. They stop you".
A Texas woman has found herself at the center of a free speech debate thanks to an anti-Trump decal on the back of her pickup truck.
Social media commenters nearly immediately took issue with the local lawman's assessment, suggesting that Nehls could infringe on the driver's free speech.
Nehls defended his post, commenting "It is important to respond to calls from residents, yes".
Nehls, a Republican reportedly considering a run for Congress, claimed that county prosecutors were willing to push the disorderly conduct charges, but District Attorney John Healey says not so.
"The sticker has attracted attention many times before, Fonseca said".
The U.S. Supreme Court in 1971's Cohen v. California said that a law on disturbing the peace violated the Constitution when it was applied against a man who wore the phrase "f-k the draft" on a jacket. New Hampshire that certain "fighting words", which would tend to incite violence, are not protected under the First Amendment.