Wanted: This pickup driver, whose sticker is 'disorderly conduct,' Texas sheriff says

17 November, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Houston-area sheriff goes after driver with 'offensive' anti-Trump decal

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.

On Wednesday, Texas Sheriff Troy Nehls triggered a social media firestorm after taking to Facebook to threaten disorderly conduct charges against the driver of a truck displaying an anti-Trump decal.

Nehls wrote that he has received "numerous calls regarding the offensive display".

FOX 26 News knocked on the door of the home of the woman who owns the truck, but she did not care to comment. "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".

In the post that has now been deleted, Nehls posted a photo of the sticker with the obscene words blacked out and a message that he wanted to "discuss" the sticker.

The sheriff's Facebook post sparked an intense discussion among commenters, with a number of them suggesting the First Amendment protected the phrase.

The Houston Chronicle said the truck's owners have no plans to remove the custom graphic, which they ordered after Trump's election.


In the end, the only way the decal is coming down is if the weather washes it away, says Fonseca's husband, Mike.

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. "They smile. They stop you", Fonseca told ABC affiliate KTRK. "They want to shake your hand".

A disorderly conduct charge targets a person who intentionally " uses abusive indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place" or "makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place" that "tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace". She said it is not intended "to cause hate or animosity".

"I'm glad to see our government officials are concentrating on what's important", one comment said.

The American Civil Liberties Union posted on Facebook that "you can't prosecute speech just because it contains words you don't like".

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

Hours after Nehls' post went up, the ACLU of Texas slammed the sheriff for threatening free speech, citing a Supreme Court decision that overturned a conviction for disturbing the peace because the defendant wore a jacket with profanity on it.

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