Texas driver's anti-Trump sticker causes stir

17 November, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Houston-area sheriff goes after driver with 'offensive' anti-Trump decal

The Fort Bend County sheriff's Facebook post about a pickup driver with a F_K Trump sign on his window has blown up.

"I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359", the Facebook post read Wednesday.

Karen Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle that her husband owns the truck, which has been pulled over by officers who could not find a reason to write a ticket.

Nehls was seeking the owner of the truck, hoping to work out an agreement to modify the display in lieu of disorderly conduct charges.

In response, Nehls posted a screenshot of Texas' disorderly conduct law in the comments.

"(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".

The Fort Bend County Sheriff " s Office would not confirm the arrest.

Mike Fonseca said the sticker would remain on his truck.

But others are defending the truck owner's right to free speech.

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A graphic on the rear window of the GMC Sierra reads: "F-- TRUMP AND F-- YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM".

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"It's not to cause hate or animosity", she told the Chronicle.

Nehls defended his post, commenting "It is important to respond to calls from residents, yes".

"Anybody traveling down the road that is behind that truck may have voted for Trump [and] that is where we might see a breach of the peace", the sheriff explained. They smile, they stop you, they want to shake your hand.

"It's just our freedom of speech and we're exercising it", she said.

But Nehls, who is considering a run for a seat in Congress as a Republican candidate next year, says the sticker is inflammatory.

"According to the case, the Supreme Court overturned a conviction for the crime of disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket in the courtroom that displayed the phrase "F*** the draft".

The ACLU, in turn, asked the driver of the truck to contact the ACLU of Texas.

In 2011, Tennessee officials said they'd begin ramping up their enforcement of bumper sticker language - although there haven't been many incidents reported.

"I don't want to see anything happen to anyone", he added.

Profanity is sometimes, but not always, protected under the First Amendment's right to free speech.



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