Outrage Bubbles Up After Texas Sheriff Threatens Owners of 'F**k Trump' Truck
Nov 17, 2017, 01:13
Sheriff Troy Nehls in Fort Bend County posted on Facebook Wednesday that he had received complaints about the sticker, which says, "F*** Trump and f*** you for voting from him".
On Wednesday morning, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls of Fort Bend County, Texas, posted a picture of the back of a truck asking members of the community to help him find the 'offender'.
In his post, Nehls said there could be charges against the driver: "I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359".
FOX 26 News knocked on the door of the home of the woman who owns the truck, but she did not care to comment. In his social media post, the sheriff mentions talking to a prosecutor about filing disorderly conduct charges.
Sheriff get your priorities in order, you should be railing against the abomination that sits in the Oval Office.
"(2) makes an offensive gesture of display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace".
"Constitutional Law 101: You can't ban speech just because it has (expletive) in it", the post read.
The owner of the truck, who KPRC 2 identified as Karen Forsenca, said the sticker would stay up as it has for almost a year, according to the local news station.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas asked the truck owner to contact the organization and offered the sheriff a free legal tip.
"This is nothing", she said. Making "an offensive gesture or display in a public place" is also prohibited if "the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of peace". "They smile. They stop you", said Fonseca.
But the ACLU cited a 1971 Supreme Court decision, Cohen v. California, in which the high court overturned a man's disturbing-the-peace conviction after he'd gone to a courthouse in Los Angeles wearing a jacket that said "F-- the Draft".
Both Healey and Nehls are Republicans, the Chronicle reported.
They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that apparently includes truck decals.
The sheriff said his concern was that the language on the sticker could cause a unsafe confrontation.
"I don't think people are offended, and if they are, they just need to take a deep breath, change the channel, drive by the auto, and get on with their lives", Wice said. Days later, the charges were dropped after police attorneys conceded that the stick-figure display was protected by the First Amendment.
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