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Wanted: This pickup driver, whose sticker is 'disorderly conduct,' Texas sheriff says


"I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359". "I simply want to talk to the owner and say, 'Look, the last thing we need to do is have anyone have any confrontation over the language on your truck.' We have not threatened anybody with arrest".

"Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modificiation to it", he wrote.

Nehl's post has gone viral, garnering almost 10,000 shares and more than 18,000 comments.

"(2) makes an offensive gesture of display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace".

There are many different opinions about not only the decal but about freedom of speech.

More people in Fort Bend voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 election, records show. Others are asking if it infringes upon the owner's free speech.

The Anti-Media is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License. The large print decal reads, "F**K TRUMP AND F**K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM".

Healey, the district attorney, told the Chronicle that his office was not contacted before Nehls posted the photo to Facebook.

F Trump Truck
Screenshot via Sheriff Troy E. Nehls Facebook

Speaking to the Houston Chronicle, Karen Fonseca, the owner of the hotly debated truck, said the decal is "not to cause hate or animosity".

She said she has been pulled over several times, but was always let go as sheriffs scratched their heads trying to figure out what they could charge her with. "They smile. They stop you", Fonseca told ABC affiliate KTRK.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 1971's Cohen v. California said that a law on disturbing the peace violated the Constitution when it was applied against a man who wore the phrase "f-k the draft" on a jacket.

It's not uncommon for bumper stickers to bluntly convey political viewpoints, from messages such as "Impeach Clinton" during Bill Clinton's presidency to "Hail to the Thief" after George W. Bush's 2000 election win over Al Gore.

The ACLU, in turn, asked the driver of the truck to contact the ACLU of Texas.

The sheriff said his concern was that the language on the sticker could cause a risky confrontation.

"I think this could be good for America", the sheriff said.

Profanity is sometimes, but not always, protected under the First Amendment's right to free speech.


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