Texas sheriff threatens charge for anti-Trump decal
- Author: Megan Austin Nov 17, 2017,
Nov 17, 2017, 1:15
"I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359", the post read. "I simply want to talk to the owner and say, 'Look, the last thing we need to do is have anyone have any confrontation over the language on your truck.' We have not threatened anybody with arrest".
At a news conference Wednesday, after his Facebook post went viral, Nehls said he supports freedom of speech, according to The Associated Press. In his social media post, the sheriff mentions talking to a prosecutor about filing disorderly conduct charges.
Fonseca says she had the decal custom made eleven months ago.
"It would be risky to our freedoms if you start going that route where a sheriff has the right to start censoring people about what might be offensive", said Philip Hilder, a Houston criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor. He says Karen Fonseca was picked up for an outstanding warrant from August.
"A lot of females say I wish I had the balls to do that", she said. She said it is not intended "to cause hate or animosity".
And, apparently, the county's prosecutor is on board, ready to file Disorderly Conduct charges.
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A truck featuring an expletive-laden message aimed at Donald Trump has sparked a free speech debate in Texas. 'FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM, ' the sticker declared.
She said police officers have pulled her over because of the sticker, but that they failed to come up with a reason to ticket her.
"The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message".
Social media commenters nearly immediately took issue with the local lawman's assessment, suggesting that Nehls could infringe on the driver's free speech. "It's just our freedom of speech, and we're exercising it".
Nehls defended his post, commenting "It is important to respond to calls from residents, yes".
Profanity is sometimes, but not always, protected under the First Amendment's right to free speech. KPRC 2 spoke with a legal analyst who cited the 1971 Supreme Court case Cohen v. California, which overturned a man's conviction who had been charged with disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket that proclaimed the message "f*ck the draft" in a public courthouse.