Profane Anti-Trump Sticker Stirs Up Texas Community
Nov 17 2017
"Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey told Eyewitness News that he was never consulted about any charges on the owner of the truck prior to Nehls" social media post and that he questions whether the language posted on the truck meets legal requirements for "disorderly conduct" as specified by the sheriff.
Karen Forsenca said she and her husband have had the decal on their truck for nearly a year.
Others said they didn't want their children forced to see profanity on the road. "No Sheriff Nehls, you can't prosecute speech just because it contains words you don't like", ACLU said.
"F*** TRUMP AND F*** YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM" reads the decal in bold white letters.
"In the comments of the post, Nehls posted context about the disorderly conduct charge "(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly: "(1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace; (2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace".
Fonseca says the message has been on the rear window of the pickup for almost a year and it'll stay there for the time-being. "They're like, 'we wish that we could do this and we had enough guts to do it, and you're doing it'".
Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle that they had the sign made after Trump was sworn into office.
Fonseca said that she has no plans to remove the sticker, even though people sometimes shake their head at it and officers have pulled her over before realizing they had no concrete reasons for writing her a ticket.
However, in the 1971 case of Cohen v. California, the high court overturned the conviction of a man who wore a jacket in a courtroom with the words "F*** the draft".
"We have not threatened anybody with arrest; we have not written any citations", Nehls said. "With people's. mindset today, that's the last thing we need, a breach of the peace".
Facebook users responded to Nehls' post with plenty of criticism.
It's not uncommon for bumper stickers to bluntly convey political viewpoints, from messages like "Impeach Clinton" during Bill Clinton's presidency to "Hail to the Thief" after George W Bush's 2000 election win over Al Gore.
KPRC2 spoke with the driver of the truck. Nehls said he supports freedom of speech but anxious that profane messages could incite others and lead to confrontations that would disturb the peace he's pledged to keep.
There have been no reports of fights breaking out because of the sticker yet.