Couple at odds with Texas sheriff over anti-Trump sticker

Couple at odds with Texas sheriff over anti-Trump sticker

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo of the truck Wednesday on Facebook. Nehls - a Republican who is considering a Congressional bid - wrote that he had "received numerous calls regarding the offensive display", and called on the trucks' owners to come forward.

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.

Another commenter, Linzi Bee, wrote, "I've seen this truck, and I would (be) pleased if the owner of this vehicle was prosecuted for disorderly conduct".

Nehls later responded to his Facebook post with a photo of the Texas criminal code that outlined potential laws the decal could violate. 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.

Fonseca told the newspaper she and her husband were just exercising their freedom of speech and did not plan to remove the sticker.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls

The ACLU, a civil rights advocacy group, said on Twitter it supported the owner of the truck.

What do you think: Disorderly conduct or free speech?

"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.

State law says the sticker could be considered disorderly conduct, which is defined as "abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language in a public place" that "tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace", the Chronicle reported. "They honk their horn, they give you a thumbs up, there is some negativity because we're in a diversified community, but the plusses outweigh the negativity", said Forsenca.

Fort Bend County is just outside Houston.

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"It's not to cause hate or anonymity", she told the paper. "I don't want to see anything happen to anyone", he said.

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

Others said they didn't want their children forced to see profanity on the road.

District Attorney John Healey disputed Nehls' suggestion that disorderly conduct charges were appropriate in this case, as did free speech advocates. Fonseca said she's most at odds with the president about his proposed border wall.

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