A Texas sheriff stated he may doubtlessly convey expenses in opposition to the house owners of a truck with an anti-Trump widow decal, angering First Amendment activists who say the officer is utilizing his place to silence free speech.
In a Facebook submit that has since been deleted, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls requested residents to badist find the house owners of a truck with a window decal that proclaims “F— Trump and f— you for voting for him.”
Nehls wrote he is obtained “numerous calls” from drivers who’re offended by the profanity within the message.
“Our prosecutor has informed us she would accept disorderly conduct charges regarding [the decal], but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it,” he wrote within the submit.
But Karen Forsenca, the truck’s proprietor, was defiant Wednesday, telling NBC-affiliate Click 2 Houston that she doesn’t plan on eradicating the decal, which has been on the truck for almost a yr.
She additionally stated she thinks Nehls is violating her rights by issuing a public name to search out her.
“I thought the whole thing was totally crazy because it’s been on there for such a long time,” she said. “I really feel it’s an invasion of privateness and each factor else as a result of placing me on his Facebook web page as a blast.”
Forsenca informed Click 2 Houston that she’s been pulled over by a number of officers for driving with the sticker, however she stated they in the end let her go.
“I’m like they’re going to give me a ticket. If you can show me in the law book where you can give me a ticket — they couldn’t find the code so they couldn’t give me a ticket,” she said. “There is not any legislation in opposition to freedom of speech in Texas,” she added.
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As a mom of 12, Forsenca stated she understands why mother and father may be upset with the window decal, however she added that she does not see a distinction in her sticker and the language used on-line.
“This is nothing,” she stated. “Unless you’re going to put your kids in a bubble, you can’t blame it on your children.”
Hours after Nehls’ submit went up, the ACLU of Texas slammed the sheriff for threatening free speech, citing a Supreme Court resolution that overturned a conviction for disturbing the peace as a result of the defendant wore a jacket with profanity on it.
Nehl’s submit sparked a swift backlash on social media, with some praising the sheriff for his resolution to search out the motive force. Others, nevertheless, have accused him of launching a politically motivated badault in opposition to the motive force as a result of Nehls, a Republican, has introduced that he’s “seriously considering” a run for Congress in 2018.
In February, Nehls tweeted that he’s forming an exploratory committee to run for the Texas 22nd Congressional District, in accordance with Click 2 Houston.