Sheriff's Panties in a Twist Over Truck With Anti-Trump Message
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 17, 2017,
Nov 17, 2017, 0:26
"I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359", Nehls wrote on his sheriff Facebook page.
In a move that has sparked controversy about freedom of speech, authorities in Texas announced they are looking for the owner of a pickup truck who has been driving around with a "F-k Trump" decal on the rear window. "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".
"Due to the hate messages he has been receiving toward his wife and children, the sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further", spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa said by email. "I thought the whole thing was totally insane", she commented.
At the news conference, Nehls said he is hoping to remedy the situation by talking to the truck owner and getting the driver to modify 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. Forsenca said she doesn't understand why the sheriff didn't reach out to her, instead of posting it on Facebook.
The American Civil Liberties Union responded to Nehls' Facebook post. "I don't want to see anything happen to anyone", he said.
"It makes people happy", Fonseca told ABC affiliate KTRK. And when you're a star they let you do it.
Forsenca said she doesn't believe they have broken any laws. He said that if no one has become violent or even confrontational toward the owner of the truck and no police report has been filed in regard to that, then by default this doesn't meet the statutorily prescribed requirements for disorderly conduct.
"According to the case, the Supreme Court overturned a conviction for the crime of disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket in the courtroom that displayed the phrase "F*** the draft".
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, which covers the county just southwest of Houston, said Thursday that Nehls' post was removed once the pickup driver was identified.
The ACLU also challenged Nehls, as did several Facebook users.
Social media commenters nearly immediately took issue with the local lawman's assessment, suggesting that Nehls could infringe on the driver's free speech. You're focused on that one person because it says, 'F you for voting for him.' And that person gets offended and all of a sudden screaming and yelling.