Truck's Anti-Trump Sticker Causing a Tizzy in Texas

Fort Bend County sheriff posted a photo of it on Facebook
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Texas Sheriff Mentions Charges Over Anti-Trump Sticker
A Texas sheriff says criminal charges are possible over this anti-Trump sticker. The local district attorney and Supreme Court disagree.   (Fort Bend County Sheriff)

A sheriff in Texas has raised the possibility of criminal charges over a pickup truck bearing a vulgar message about President Trump and his supporters, Time reports. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a photo of the truck, whose license plate isn't visible and which bears a large sticker reading "F--- Trump and f--- you for voting for him," on his Facebook page Wednesday. The post went viral but has since been removed. "Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding [the sticker], but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it," KPRC quotes Nehls as saying in the post. The sheriff, who says he's worried about the sticker causing a confrontation, is looking for the owner of the truck to have a "meaningful dialogue" that he says "could be good for America."

"It's just our freedom of speech and we're exercising it," the truck's owner, 46-year-old Karen Fonseca, tells the Houston Chronicle. She says she has no plans to meet with Nehls, who she used to work for at the county jail. The mother of 12 says kids see worse stuff on TV or in video games, and she's not worried about a confrontation. "I'm not fearful," she tells KPRC. "It makes people smile." Fonseca, who says the sticker has been on her truck for nearly a year, wonders why Nehls, who's mulling a bid for Congress as a Republican, didn't just talk to her directly instead of going public. A legal analyst says the Supreme Court has already ruled that displaying a curse word isn't disturbing the peace, as that word must cause "an immediate breach of the peace." And the district attorney doesn't believe it's a "prosecutable case."
(More disturbing the peace stories.)

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