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Texas sheriff threatens charges against driver with ‘offensive’ anti-Trump sticker on truck

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A Texas truck owner and the local sheriff are at odds over an “offensive” anti-Trump sticker on the vehicle.

The sheriff in Fort Bend County received many complaints about the white pickup truck sporting a large sticker on its tinted back window that read, “F*** Trump and F*** you for voting for him,” according to KPRC-TV

Sheriff Troy Nehls sparked a free speech debate online once he posted a photo of the truck and sticker on Facebook while threatening to bring disorderly conduct charges against the driver.

“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it,” Nehls wrote in the post, which appears to have been deleted.

Karen Fonseca, whose husband owns the truck, was surprised to find herself in the middle of the controversy.

“I thought the whole thing was totally crazy. It’s been on there for such a long time and we have so much positive out of it — more positive that outweighs the negative,” she told KPRC.

“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” Fonseca said. “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”

She also called out the sheriff for not speaking to her in person.

“Look, [the local news crew] found me. He could have done that at the same time, it is an invasion of privacy and everything else because he put me on blast on his Facebook Page,” she said.

The ACLU of Texas responded to Nehls’s post with one of their own, criticizing the sheriff for his threat.

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“Memo to @SheriffTNehls: You can’t prosecute speech just because it contains the word “—-” The owner of this truck should contact @ACLUTx,” the post read, according to Fox News.

Many Twitter users debated the issue.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Nehls said he understood the freedom of speech implications but would like to have a discussion with the owner about it.

“We have not threatened anybody with arrest. We have not written any citations,” Nehls said. “But I think now it would be a good time to have meaningful dialogue with that person and express the concerns out there regarding the language on the truck,” he said, according to Fox News.

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