Texas sheriff says obscene Trump sticker could lead to prosecution

Nov 17, 2017, 01:12
Texas sheriff says obscene Trump sticker could lead to prosecution

Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a photo of a pickup truck's back window sticker that reads, "F*ck Trump and F*ck you for voting for him".

After a Fort Bend County sheriff expressed concern via Facebook about potential conflicts stemming from a truck's offensive sticker about President Trump, the owners of the truck are speaking out. Nehls - a Republican who is considering a Congressional bid - wrote that he had "received numerous calls regarding the offensive display", and called on the trucks' owners to come forward.

In Nehls' now-deleted post, which was saved and shared by the ACLU, the sheriff asked anyone who knows the owner of the truck to contact his office.

According to The Associated Press, Nehls said Wednesday at a news conference about his viral Facebook post that he's concerned the sign may lead to a confrontation.

A Texas sheriff wants to charge a local woman with disorderly conduct for putting a giant anti-Trump sticker on her truck - but prosecutors say he's spinning his wheels.

Fonseca says the decal, which she had custom made 11 months ago for $25, speaks for many.

Fort Bend County is just outside Houston. Fonseca said she's surprised Sheriff Nehls couldn't reach her. "I don't want to see anything happen to anyone".

"This is nothing", she said.

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". He later said he supports freedom of speech rights.

Couple defending profanity filled anti-Trump sticker.

Nehls defended his post, commenting "It is important to respond to calls from residents, yes". But she said that having children doesn't make you lose your freedom of speech.

Sheriff get your priorities in order, you should be railing against the abomination that sits in the Oval Office.

But Fonseca says she's just exercising her rights. "They smile. They stop you". 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".

However, in the 1971 case of Cohen v. California, the high court overturned the conviction of a man who wore a jacket in a courtroom with the words "F*** the draft". 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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