A Texas sheriff is threatening charges of disorderly conduct for the driver of a truck bearing an anti-Trump sticker.
From the Houston Chronicle:
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday created a social media firestorm with a Facebook post threatening to bring disorderly conduct charges against the driver of a truck displaying a profane anti-Trump message on its rear window.
Nehls told the Houston Chronicle that he had received calls, texts and emails in recent days from people who took offense at the language in bold, white lettering: “F— TRUMP AND F— YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”
The sheriff, a Republican who is weighing a bid for Congress shared a photo on his official Facebook page in hopes that it would help to identify the truck owner. The license plate is not visible in the image.
Turns out, a woman who identified herself as the driver said she used to work for Nehls in the county jail.
Karen Fonseca said the truck belongs to her husband but that she often drives it. They had the sticker made and added it to the window after the billionaire real estate magnate and reality TV star was sworn into office.
The sticker has attracted attention many times before, Fonseca said. People shake their head. They take photos of it. Officers have pulled her over but failed to find a reason for writing a ticket.
Now the sheriff is taking it on, but Fonseca did not plan to contact him.
“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” said Fonseca, 46. “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”
Texas state law describes disorderly conduct as intentionally using “abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of peace.”
The ACLU of Texas has already expressed an opinion on the subject:
Memo to @SheriffTNehls:
You can’t prosecute speech just because it contains the word “fuck.”
— ACLU (@ACLU) November 15, 2017
Trump Has Freedom Of Speech! Why Not This Guy? Texas Pickup Truck Driver May Face Criminal Charges for ‘F*** Trump’ Sticker https://t.co/bVa8cLW9j4
— GayNewsNet (@RickArtz50) November 16, 2017
Snowflake sheriff seeks restored safe space. https://t.co/vdq9YceAd4
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) November 16, 2017