Texas sheriff says obscene Trump sticker could lead to prosecution

Texas sheriff says obscene Trump sticker could lead to prosecution

Kerry Wise
November 17, 2017

A sheriff in Texas is looking for a truck bearing a profanity-laced anti-Trump sticker and said authorities are considering charging its owner with disorderly conduct - a threat that immediately raised alarm among free speech advocates.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook alongside a request to speak with the driver.

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. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it".

"I'm offended that a sheriff in the United States would harass an American citizen over political speech", comments Jason.

So.... pretty sure the truck's owner knows his message is being seen.

In a Twitter post, the ACLU told the sheriff, "you can't prosecute speech just because it has the word "f*ck" in it". "They want to shake your hand". "They're like, 'we wish that we could do this and we had enough guts to do it, and you're doing it'".

A photo posted on social media showing a truck sticker with an expletive directed toward President Donald Trump is going viral and prompting local law enforcement to search for the driver. "The words would have to "tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace, '" Healey told ABC13".

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"I drive it all the time on a daily basis", Forsenca said, adding that she shares the truck with her husband.

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".

Even with the negative backlash, Sheriff Nehls says he does not regret the post, but did seem to back away from considering the disorderly conduct charges. "But I think now it would be a good time to have meaningful dialogue with that person and express the concerns out there regarding the language on the truck".

In the comments, Nehls also had posted the legal definition of disorderly conduct in Texas.

"There's no law against freedom of speech, nothing in the law book here in Texas", she told KHOU-TV in Houston.

"Many families have called that have seen that truck on our county roadways and are very offended by the language on the truck", Nehls fumed later, according to the Houston Chronicle.