Truck driver with 'F-TRUMP' sticker arrested in Fort Bend County

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17 November, 2017

The controversy began when Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a now-deleted photo of the truck on Facebook, saying he wanted to speak to the driver and bringing up the idea of a possible disorderly conduct charge.

"If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you", the sheriff wrote in the post, which has received 10,000 likes and prompted more than 18,000 comments.

FOX 26 News knocked on the door of the home of the woman who owns the truck, but she did not care to comment.

Nehls was seeking the owner of the truck, hoping to work out an agreement to modify the display in lieu of disorderly conduct charges.

"We are aware Troy is interested in abandoning his responsibilities as Sheriff weeks after being elected to serve Fort Bend", Olson campaign spokesperson Chris Homan responded.

But Nehls, who is considering a run for a seat in Congress as a Republican candidate next year, says the sticker is inflammatory.

"I don't think people are offended, and if they are, they just need to take a deep breath, change the channel, drive by the vehicle, and get on with their lives", Wice said.

"It's not to cause hate or animosity", Karen Fonseca told the newspaper.

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"Interesting... your cop cars have "in god we trust" smeared all over them - can I file a disorderly conduct against you?" another critic wrote.

In a Twitter post, the ACLU told the sheriff, "you can't prosecute speech just because it has the word "f*ck" in it". The ACLU tweeted about the issue, encouraging the truck's owners to contact its Texas branch for assistance.

"I drive it all the time on a daily basis", Forsenca said, adding that she shares the truck with her husband.

The mother of 12 said she and her husband stand by the stickers and don't plan on taking them down.

Sheriff get your priorities in order, you should be railing against the abomination that sits in the Oval Office. "They honk their horn, they give you a thumbs up".

Healey, the district attorney, told the Chronicle that his office was not contacted before Nehls posted the photo to Facebook. New Hampshire that certain "fighting words", which would tend to incite violence, are not protected under the First Amendment.

"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".


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