Texas sheriff says obscene Trump sticker could lead to prosecution

Pauline Gross
November 17, 2017

A profane anti-Trump sticker is drawing outrage from a Texas community and its sheriff, who wants a couple to change the sticker on their truck so it doesn't contain obscenities.

A Facebook post from Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said the owner of a truck with a "F-k Trump and F-k you for voting for him" sticker may be violating a "Disorderly Conduct" law.

He wrote: "I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359".

The owner of the truck was soon revealed to be Karen Forsenca, a mother of 12 (!) who adamantly refuses to alter her vehicle. In his social media post, the sheriff mentions talking to a prosecutor about filing disorderly conduct charges.

The post has since been deleted. His Facebook post asks the driver for a conversation to discuss modifying some of the speech in the decal.

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

They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that apparently includes truck decals.

What do you think: Disorderly conduct or free speech?

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Others said they didn't want their children forced to see profanity on the road. "They smile. They stop you", Fonseca told ABC affiliate KTRK.

"Unless [Nehls] can show me where it says that in the law book, it's not coming down until the weather takes it down or I replace it with something else", he told local station KHOU.

"If I had to explain what "grab them by the p--y" meant to my kids, you can explain "F-k Trump" to yours", another Facebook comment on the post read.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas asked the truck owner to contact the organization and offered the sheriff a free legal tip.

At a news conference on Wednesday, after his Facebook post went viral, Nehls said he supports freedom of speech, according to the Associated Press.

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".

Along with almost 20,000 comments, the sheriff's post was shared more than 10,000 in less than 24 hours.

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

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