TEXAS: Fort Bend County Sheriff Threatens Arrest Over Truck’s “Fuck Trump” Message, ACLU Issues Warning

The Houston Chronicle reports:

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday created a social media firestorm with a Facebook post threatening to bring disorderly conduct charges against the driver of a truck displaying a profane anti-Trump message on its rear window.

Nehls told the Houston Chronicle that he had received calls, texts and emails in recent days from people who took offense at the language in bold, white lettering: “FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”

The sheriff, a Republican who is weighing a bid for Congress shared a photo on his official Facebook page in hopes that it would help to identify the truck owner. The license plate is not visible in the image.

From Houston’s CBS affiliate:

In response to the critics, Nehls posted the disorderly conduct law. It reads, in part, “Uses abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of peace.” Nehls addressed the post in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“People have called and are offended by the language,” said Nehls. “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.'”

KHOU 11 News tracked down the owners of the truck, Karen and Mike Fonseca. They are stunned and angry that Nehls would start this debate on Facebook instead of calling them personally. They say they’re entitled to their free speech.

  • swimboy

    Snowflakes, indeed.

  • Mr. M

    Free speech for me, but not for thee.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    And if someone were looking for these, where would one buy them?

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      May I suggest: https://www.impeachthemotherfuckeralready.com/

      I’ve got one on my car as does my 86 year old normally Republican voting father.

    • DaMoldBrok

      Any sign shop would be glad to stamp one out for you in about 20 minutes (if they are not to busy) or, you can order a vinyl printer (cutter), online (Amazon, Walmart, , , , , , ) and do it at home from your own puter thingy.

    • Willys41

      Lots of FK Trump stuff on Amazon. Just search for “fuck trump”.

    • narutomania

      Asking for a “friend”, are we, Anastasia? Hmmmm?
      Well, let us all know, because I have a friend who’s interested, too.

  • GeneInSJ

    I think it’s funny, but I hate Trump.

    But I can see the sign being offensive just for the language. If I had young kids I wouldn’t want to have to explain it.

    I wouldn’t arrest the owner, though.

    • BostonBud

      I know right? They should use the words of our president. “Grab Her By The Pussy”

    • Michael White

      my husband comes from a low education, low income family. They have appalled me since I met them 15 years ago. They not only use the f word in front of young kids, but call each other bitch, c76nt, whore, slut, cocksucker in front of their kids. This kind of language was never appropriate in my family gatherings or in public. So, we are talking about the GOP run Texas. They are only offended because the language is focused on the orange turd. We know what religious hypocrites a good number of them are.

    • ChrisInKansas
  • TrueWords

    If you did not buy the truck and/or employee him thru the use of said truck…

    http://starecat.com/content/wp-content/uploads/go-fuck-yourself-gif.gif

  • Bluto
  • TJay229

    Another example of a White man mad (trying to dictate) at how someone protests.

  • ChrisInKansas

    So Calvin pissing on logos, stickers saying Bitch Behind The Wheel and nuts hanging down on the back of trucks are just fine then? Fuck that sheriff.

    • netxtown

      Consider the audience. Texans are used to it being spelled out for ’em. They just look at the pictures….

    • Joe in PA

      Hey now…I really had to go. 🙁

    • Uncle Mark

      I was going to say the same thing. Bet they allow truck nuts on the vehicles there.

      • McSwagg

        Allow? It’s practically mandatory.

    • clay

      no likely to cause immediate incitement?
      Is the sheriff being an asshole, or is the sheriff trying to avoid a road-rage murder and traffic jam?

    • McSwagg
  • Scott Wyant

    May they all be fruitful and multiply with themselves

    • Silver Badger

      May they all be barren and die alone.

      • Scott Wyant

        That’ll work as well.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Frankly, in Texas, I can’t believe that truck is still in one piece.

    • FAEN

      That too.

    • The_Wretched

      Texas is actually a deep blue State – especially the cities are as liberal as anywhere. Much of the population is effectively prevented from voting; however, so we think of TX as very red.

      • DaMoldBrok

        A good friend lives in Ft. Worth, his district is stovepiped to an area almost 3 miles away though a 2 – 3 block strip.

        During the last “re-alignment” they stovepiped every prominently blue neighborhood to a heavy red area to make as much blue go away as possible. Closed down as many polling places in the remaining blue areas as they could get away with. They gerrymandered every district that they could.

        The Rethugliacans can go fuck themselves, if there were a hell, there would be a really nice spot reserved for them!

        • McSwagg

          Fort Worth was the only large city in Texas that dRumpf won. Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso all were won by Hillary.

          • DaMoldBrok

            Now you know why, it was by gerrymandering.

  • FAEN

    Saw this on T road. I’d like to say I’m surprised but I’m far from it. This is what dictators do!

    I’m SURE this obscure law was used when the scores of rednecks had similar thoughts on Obama right ? 😏

  • GayOldLady

    “Uses abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language in a public place,
    and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate
    breach of peace.”

    That covers many of Trump’s tweets.

    • netxtown

      …and sunday sermons!

      • Gene Perry

        … and the GOP platform.

    • Gustav2

      Just “many?”

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Fuck the sheriff and fuck Trump.

  • Tomcat

    I am sorry but that can of worms would also allow billboards that say fuck Hillary and the Democratic party. I believe we need to exercise some restraint here for the sake of decency.

    • Chitown Kev

      who is ”we”?

      • Tomcat

        Decent Americans, that’s who is WE

        • Chitown Kev

          an individual can do pretty much as he or she pleases providied they are not endangering anyone else in certain illegal ways…I might share the sentiment of the truck driver but it’s not a reflection on me…and the calls they probably received came from the very same people who feel oh so much pain by the PC language of The Left…oh, did Twitler say that we need less political correctness…well, here it is

    • Michael White

      Yes, because going high when they go low has worked out so well for us. It to the bold and rude ACT UP to change the focus of the conversation regarding AIDs treatment. Being nice does not work in politics and especially now with the GOpedo party in charge.

    • DaMoldBrok

      The decency part went out the window, back in November, when we woke up to the fact that We as a country, was totally FUCKED!

    • Scott Wyant

      I say cut their nuts off when they hang em out like this. For too long the left has let slide the rights abuse of normal behavior. It is well past time to bloody the right for their naked hypocrisy.

    • Tomcat

      The comments show me some have been convinced to sink to their low.
      Hate will beget more hate and nothing more.

      • Silver Badger

        Unfortunately, taking the high road against these people does not work. It just allows them to cut you off at the knees.

  • joe ho

    lol. The same right-wingers who complain that 20 something protestors are shutting down free speech on college campuses.

    The real threat to free speech is coming from the right.

  • Do Something Nice

    A sheriff in the south being a dick? Shocking.

    • AJ Drew

      Oh c’mon… North South East West… some good, some not so much, everywhere.

  • justme
    • McSwagg

      At least it’s not that “Hogs-n-Dogs” ice cream.

  • Chitown Kev

    such special snowflakes who felt the need to callll

  • FAEN

    These assholes don’t have a problem with Doll Hands assaulting women or a pedophile running for the Senate but a FUCK YOU TRUMP sticker goes too far! 🙄🙄🙄

    • Tawreos

      The sad part is that they can see this one. The assaulting women and all the rest is fake news drummed up by the media and couldn’t possibly be true. They are trapped in their own ignorance and would be happy to trap the rest of us there as well.

    • DaMoldBrok

      I’m still wondering what happened to the Court Date the orange orangutan was supposed to have, a day or two after the November 2 election.

      You know, the one he was having to defend himself against pediophila charges brought on from a young woman that was 13 when the attack occurred!

      Where did that go ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

      • Len Ricci

        someone obviously paid her a lot of money to shut up.. and they probably had her deported to another foreign country

        • Snarkaholic

          Or Roy Moore’s basement.

          • AmeriCanadian

            I was thinking about that…would Moore’s supporters abandon him if they found a body in his basement? My gut tells me no and that he’d still win.

          • Snarkaholic

            They’d justify it by saying the victim was gay…and HAD to be killed, because s/he came on to Moore-on or his wife.

          • Treant

            “Fake news! She was there from the previous owner. She fell through the basement window yesterday. Hillary planted the body.”

            All of these will be asserted to be true, and often by the same person.

  • TheGrandWazoo2
    • Mens Sana

      BEAUTIFUL!

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN
    • ChrisMorley

      Scotland is forthright in condemning the environmental degradation caused by two tRump golf courses, which are both losing money.

  • FAEN
  • Ron Robertson

    I wonder if that’s the truck I saw one time. I’m in Texas myself. Way to go!

  • netxtown

    Texas is ever so slowly turning purple due to the years of gop lies and bullshit. Abbot claims ‘jobs! jobs! jobs!’ – and 95% of them jobs! is at $10 or less. Home owners can’t keep track of how many times the property tax laws have changed – and these predominantly rethug city tax wankers calculate property tax not based on any real value – but on how much they want to spend next year. Add to it that Texas has the worst reputation for altering facts in school books.

    Slowly – and hopefully surely.

    • McSwagg

      Texas has the highest property taxes in the nation. Of course, businesses get a special deal cut for their taxes. I pay nearly $5000/year for my modest house assessed at less than $150,000.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    I frankly don’t care for the “FUCK” part. Its banned on license plates, its banned on TV, prohibiting it on a vehicle isn’t necessarily censoring political speech, its censoring vulgarity.

    That being said, has anyone noticed, that Seth Meyers is now using the word asshole on his show and it is NOT being bleeped anymore?

    • AJ Drew

      uh huh, so “FOOK TRUMP” would have kept him under the radar.

      • AmeriCanadian

        FCUK Trump. Or is that a brand name?

        • Gigi

          Only in Gy-nah.

          • AmeriCanadian

            It’s like I can hear Drumpf speaking. Ugghh.

    • Willys41

      With Trump for a “president” how could anyone make any kind of a case that obscene language is anything but totally normal and acceptable anywhere and everywhere?

      • Gigi

        Trump said fuck on the campaign trail. It’s now considered presidential.

        • TrollopeReader

          and, sadly, precedential ….

    • Gigi

      The word FUCK has not been banned from public discourse. It, along with other “offensive” words, has been banned on license plates because the DMV controls what goes onto said plates. Banned on TV? Cable TV, and only because sensitive snowflakes (read: “family values” fundies) think that hearing the word on TV even once will irreparably damage their precious little kiddies, turning them into ingrates (too late…they already are). Gay kisses were once banned on TV so for me, your “banned on TV” argument isn’t a persuasive one. Anything that upsets republican sheriffs and other conservative cranks is A-OK with me.

    • Mike Rasor

      You do realize that’s not how the first amendment works? The government doesn’t actually have the right to censor vulgarity. Rather it is that obscenity falls outside the first amendment.

      The difference is that obscene works have to meet a standard that requires “the average person, applying contemporary community standards, the dominant theme of the material, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest.” Mere vulgarity,does not in and of itself rise to this standard because it doesn’t necessarily encourage excessive interest in sex.

      The Supreme Court has been clear that use of the word fuck when it doesn’t refer to the actual sexual act is protected speech (Cohen v. California).

      Fuck is banned on license plates because the plate is issued by the government and can be seen as government endorsement of the speech. As for television, in 2003, the FCC found it could not actually penalize broadcasters for airing the word fuck when used as a superlative. This is specifically in keeping with the Supreme Court’s case law.

    • shivadog

      I would have no problem if it was banned for everyone, but I still see “Fuck Obama” stickers frequently, and I have never heard of anyone being arrested for it. This is because of the politics, not the vulgarity.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        The motivation for the hassle – I absolutely agree. I’m just expressing my own opinion that FUCK is something I prefer not to see on T-shirts at the mall, on cars, etc. Dirty words lose their dirtiness when they devolve into every day usage.

  • PickyPecker
    • Gigi

      But Obama was a POS because he invited a black rapper to the WH.

    • AmeriCanadian

      You beat me to it Picky! That should have been plastered all over the nation’s billboards if you ask me. Offensive? Why it’s the words of our dear “president”. How could that be offensive?

    • ChrisMorley

      Talking of unwanted attentions:

      Hollywood actors speak of ‘rampant’ problem of male abusers targeting men
      – Speaking out in the wake of an allegation of sexual harassment against Kevin Spacey, male actors say abuse against boys and young men is ‘taboo’ but ‘pervasive’

      ‘Hollywood has a “rampant” and “pervasive” problem of men sexually abusing boys and young men, according to actors and lawyers who are speaking up about misconduct and harassment in the wake of an allegation against actor Kevin Spacey.

      “It’s a very taboo subject,” said Alex Winter, an actor and director who said he was sexually abused as a pre-teen child actor.

      “I don’t know of any boys in any pocket of the entertainment industry that do not encounter some form of predatory behavior. … It’s really not a safe
      environment.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/31/hollywood-male-abusers-boys-gay-men-kevin-spacey

  • Gigi

    Republicans are champions of free speech when it come to Nazis marching through town chanting JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US and running over people with their cars, but put a bumper sticker on your truck that condemns them and their POS president and they go into snowflake meltdown. #hypocrites #grabsometissues #FUcrybabies #whydoyouhateamerica #tiredofthisshit

  • Tawreos
  • Nate

    Trump followers are such snowflakes.

  • justme

    This is offensive??? But what THEY said and did to President Obama wasn’t????!!!

    • Longpole

      There is still an Obama doll hanging by a rope from a tree on US 224 halfway between Van Wert Ohio and Decatur, Indiana.

      • RJ Tremor

        Someone needs to cut that down.

  • AmeriCanadian

    I’d like to see the “president” quoted verbatim on billboards all over the nation. You know, similar to this:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d3362bef6caa3a331726a7d7194fe788ba368fc06ffbe2d41a02e76922d943b0.jpg

    • whollyfool

      I’ve got a few bucks to contribute if anyone knows how to make that happen.

    • whollyfool

      why does no one ever bring up how he went into the dressing rooms of the beauty pageant with underage girls in it?

      • Paula

        Roy Moore really wanted that gig.

      • DaMoldBrok

        Oh yeah! Whats even better, is, when the girls complained to Ivanka, Her reply was” Oh, he does that”!

        WHAT????? NO!!!! The nasty, creepy, ass hole walks in on his daughter ( ewww, he really does want to fuck his own daughter)!

        Okay! I grew up in the oil field trash world! I know how they work, think, operate. If it came down to it, I would actually be very comfortable with Rex Tillerson as the president. They don’t bullshit, tell it like it is, when everything gets down to the nitty gritty! They will do what needs to be done, and not stop until they get the results they need! If the square peg must be placed in the round hole, they will find a way to make it fit, no matter what! Rules be damned! If one needs assistance, help, partner in arms, they will be there, to the end! They can be trusted, ethics be damned, you harm one of their own, they are only second to the fury of a woman’s scorn!

        I wish no harm to come upon anyone, in no form or manner, but, if it came down to it, I’d be all in for a President Rex!

        Edited: Oh, and don’t try to pull one over on them or try to fuck them over, the results are not pleasant or very nice. One would punch you in the nose faster than you could react!

        • whollyfool

          Wow, thanks for the additional Info.

          Rex does seem like one of the most competent people in the administration.

          It would be kind of funny for a guy named “king” to be president though. 🙂

        • William

          What’s Rex’s thing about underlings not making eye contact or speaking to him if he hasn’t spoken to them first. Does he think he’s the Queen?

    • TrollopeReader

      “You can even be president of the United States” !!

      • Hank

        THAT to me is STILL questionable!!! Let us have another vote WITHOUT Russian influence!!!

  • I’m in Texas and I see worse pro-Trump shit on cars and trucks every goddamn day. She was stopped because of the message, not for the F-bomb.

    • Joe in PA

      What a surprise. 🙁

    • Steverino

      Indeed. For example, the idiot GOP Trump supporters wearing the “FUCK YOUR FEELINGS” t-shirts.

      • Octoberfurst

        I’ve seen that on bumper stickers too. Maybe I should call the police and tell them how offended I am and demand the driver be arrested or fined. Turn-about is fair play ya know.

        • Benjamin Eugene NElson

          It is, you go for it. Let us know how it goes.

          I’ll bet you’ll be ignored.

    • Buford

      If Nehls’ threats were even remotely legal, the Westboro Church would be arrested the moment their signs were visible to the public… but we all know from that example that even distasteful speech is protected.

    • Benjamin Eugene NElson

      She was likely stopped because the sheriff wants to look good for any potnetial votes. Ods are she was just the unlucky one.

    • shivadog

      I live in a red state, and I see “fuck Obama” stickers all the time, I would guarantee you could go to that town and find dozens of them. Funny how the “fuck Trump” guy is the only one being harassed. I don’t want to hear shit about free speech or snowflakes from any of these right wing hypocrites. Fuck them and fuck Trump.

  • Katrina Turner

    i do know one thing, this asshole sheriff will start an avalanche he cant deal with, and make who ever has vote trump on their cars targets

    • DavidBehar

      Hi, Katrina. You may enjoy the fact, the bitch had outstanding warrants, and has been taken into custody.

      • McSwagg

        Go peddle your lies somewhere else.

  • Katrina Turner

    here`s one for westboro 🙂 GOD HATES TRUMP

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    If I have to get stuck behind yet another blacked-out jeep with a “MOLON LABE” sticker and a Chris Kyle wannabe* behind the wheel, I’m perfectly fine with this. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ee987dd6dd8f5af7f1abfea5955ea4032c8348ad299430e2c41d94fc174beb80.jpg

    *

    • DaMoldBrok

      I drive a Black Jeep (Grand Cherokee, it’s really nice, all the toots and whistles) I have no idea what this is about! I have seen it, oblivious to what their about. and to be honest, could care less!

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        There’s quite likely a big difference between what you drive and what these guys drive. Their vehicles are customized with the intent to intimidate. Everything is black on black on black. The windows are deeply tinted — you can’t see the driver. They’re lifted, with custom military-style wheels. They’re always spotlessly clean. And they always have some sort of militia branding (like Oathkeepers, Three Percenters, or “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children”), firearms brand logo, or “gun rights” bright white stickers prominently placed on the blacked out windows.

        They look menacing, and that’s their intent.

  • TrueWords
  • Buford

    For the record, “displaying a firearm or other deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm” is also a violation of the Texas disorderly conduct statute (42.01(8)).

    Maybe Nehls should keep that in mind the next time a group of those open carry protesters carry their assault rifles into public spaces specifically to generate outrage amongst the rational, sane citizens.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Personally, I’m much more offended by people wearing those imbecilic MAGA hats.

  • Michael B

    wait i saw during last years election a bumper sticker for….”Trump that Bitch” thats ok? but this is too far? yea ok

    • Dinz6315

      I’ve seen Dodge Ram trucks with “DODGE the father/RAM the daughter” stickers.
      Ain’t that sweet?
      Bet there’s some of those in Texas…

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I’ve never posted a campaign sign in my yard or placed a political bumper sticker on my car. I do, however, express my views in person. Too many nuts with guns out there. Having said that, I love these truck owners!

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Back in August I was accosted by a batshit crazy trumpanzee in a parking lot because of my RESIST sticker. I didn’t engage, I walked away. The sticker stays. Folks have tried to intimidate me all my life but I won’t let them.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        I truly admire you! Keep it up. People otherwise have tried to intimidate me too. That’s when I get mouthy.

  • AJ Drew

    I’m not in AL but I’m in NC, and I don’t know the legal definition of offensive, but a used-car lot waving man below a FLOTUS’ nude tittie pic seems pretty close to not being expective decorative behavior to me.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf234dea8dbf965cb4581c47cccbe9a9498618f7bf15e845d5fb48e46e37a8db.jpg

  • Bambino

    It’s like portion of America woken up from deep sleep and have no idea about the country. For all their hate of immigrants and foreigners, they call themselves patriots. Of what? No free speech, no kneeling during national anthem, supporting of pedophiles and rapists to lead the country expelling legal citizens, against free press, defying laws as they please. Who the fuck are these taliban like aliens that defy deeply rooted American values turning the country upside down? When Mueller decide to hand down the final indictments to the traitors of the country, the DOD should recall all its military to back him up. There is a need to reeducate America on its history. A simple moral lesson of honesty about George Washington admitting to chopping down his father’s cherry tree would be a good start.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      The DOD is probably a good idea since the right wing media loonies and the NRA will call for an armed offense against justice.

      • Bambino

        Thanks to Putin, the biggest enemy the country is facing is within.

  • Charles Nelson

    What about all of those Rednecks flying those treasonous Confederate battle flags on their trucks?

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Fuck them.

  • LeeCMH

    So, to protect the truck driver from “any confrontation over the language on [his] truck.”

    The lesson, the cops are saying — to protect yourself from the right-wing hateful Christian gun toters, do as the toters order you to do.

    Hide.

  • whollyfool

    Where can I get one of those?

  • If it said Fuck Clinton, would people still have the same reaction?
    I’m sure they would.
    /s

    • peacfulseas inWA

      In Texas they would have gotten one ” free with any purchase ” .

  • glass

    This is a really fucking good story. And there are some fucking good comments in this fuckin’ awesome thread.
    What a fucking great day!

    • The_Wretched

      we’re not scared
      ut oh, A trump!
      A orange smelly trump.
      we can’t go over it
      we can’t go under it
      I guess we have to impeach it.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Also on a Texas vehicle. Hey Sheriff. Did you arrest this Merc owner?
    https://cdn.totalfratmove.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/78805a221a988e79ef3f42d7c5bfd41876888711.jpg

  • Deacon Phreque

    Yet everywhere I go in NYS, I see hundreds of the “Fuck Cuomo” bumper stickers, where the F and K are represented by assault rifles.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • DaMoldBrok

    Some ass was “infuriated” that they saw this with their kids with them, this was my response:
    That bothers you, but the President of The United States says FUCK during his speeches is just okay dokay! Claiming to attempt to FUCK a married woman, ehh. Charges of PEDIOPHILA (that has just vanished from the news) is perfectly fine. A citizen of the United States of America display’s there opinion of the President and those who voted for it (it has not graduated to the level of moral human, as of 8:26 am CST 11-16-2017), which is perfectly legal because they are not inciting violence or harm, bothers you. Personally, I think you need to pull on your earlobes rather firmly, until you get a popping sound. That noise is the relief of the vacuum that was holding you head in you ass! Please remove it, look around, take several deep breaths, get the synopsis flowing again, use some of the brain cells you were gifted with at birth, realize that what you have done by voting for that Orange Orangutan, that is flinging feces in OUR White House (not his personal “Dump”), has embarrassed US as a nation, the sanctity of the Office of the Presidency, the good will we are supposed to afford to our allies and those in need ( we really are a moral nation, we will help those in need, skin color is not taken into account. Sorry Puerto Rico, we are working on getting the error out of the way. Justice can be slow, but consistent) and you find a statement in a the back window of a pickup with your children infuriating! Honey, all I have to say to you is, please do not pass on any of your thoughts, ideas, beliefs (political, religious, moral) onto your children. Please allow them to form their own ideas, beliefs, understandings! Allow them to bloom naturally! Become the greatest form of who they are! Because what I would really like to tell you would probably get me banned from Facebook for life!

  • DN

    The number of anti-Obama bumper stickers I saw over the past eight years. Jesus fucking Christ.

    Fascist cop needs to lose his job.

  • WitlessProtection

    Ha! I’ve thought of putting that exact same statement on my car

    • Strkr

      The only reason I don’t is because I just know those asshole would vandalize my car

  • Natty Enquirer
  • TrollopeReader

    I’d like to hear the legal-eagle reasoning of the prosecutor thinking this is worthy of prosecution …

  • DN

    The back of a car consists of two possible places for a message: the licence plate and the rest of the back. The licence plate is issued by the government, so I understand and support limitations on speech there. For example, no endorsement of religion (or, if there is an endorsement, equal accommodation must be available for all other religions).

    I think the best approach is to have the licence plate be neutral, leaving WAY more space to put a personal message.

    On the Texas DMV’s website, I found four religious licence plates, one of which was specifically christian. (In god we trust, god bless Texas, god bless America, and Calvary). I found no licence plate options specific to other religions, a la Calvary, nor did I find an option for atheism. (http://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/license-plates/specialty-license-plates)

    So here’s this cop, upset about someone causing offense with their bumper sticker, while the entire state is endorsing religion. Fancy that.

  • The_Wretched

    If a County Sheriff makes charging decisions based on their FB discussions, they need to be removed from office. Cops need to be seen as fair an impartial. FB is an echo chamber.

  • aagold76 .

    ‘people are offended by the language…’ sorry- I’m offended by Trump- Fuck him AND Fuck you for supporting him!

  • Kevin Andrews

    One more ignorant Gestapo Nazi ass-licker bending his will to a vocal Christ-O-Fascist without any consciousness of the Constitution or Civil Rights as this matter was clearly decided with Lenny Bruce vs New York in the 1950s.
    Unfit for any public office is how this Sheriff is clearly displayed. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/963f3955bb8b13f1c2e994bc0052b17e877cf8b1b44122ddd397f1184a5493ea.png

  • Piernudo15

    Two years ago i was on the highway behind an SUV with a giant OBAMA sign taped to the back of the vehicle. I thought it odd because i live in a very red part of the state. As i got closer to the SUV, i noticed that there was smaller type under each letter. OBAMA was an acronym for One Big Ass Mistake, America!

  • Benjamin Eugene NElson

    I see someone’s gunning to make his potential voters happy.

    • Mark

      I see a sheriff a doing his job.

      • Dee

        What job? Persecuting citizens?

        • Mark

          He doesn’t want the truck shot at. It’s that simple.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            So, in effect, there’s a potential for violence because of someone’s political statement. You know what that’s called right? That’s terrorism and he’s capitulating to it.

          • Mark

            Well, i am too busy to get into an inane argument with you. But Troy doesn’t want bullets flying on Highway 6. A truck with the words FUCK TRUMP might provoke road rage. That is his concern, the safety of Fort Bend county citizens.
            .

          • Bryan

            “Too busy that’s what they all say. Then don’t comment, if you can’t handle a debate

          • Mark

            I can most certainly handle a debate.

          • Mark

            I can most certainly handle a debate.

          • Bryan

            So because some lunatic might shoot up Highway 6, that’s a perfectly logical, valid and reasonable excuse to target this person and violate their First Amendment rights. Oh and btw, this actually ‘does’ count as stifling freedom of speech. That crap righties blow about their speech being stifled when they’re banned for bigotry in online communities… that’s the public policing itself. But when an actual officer of the law does it? That’s the government stifling speech. Which in case you forgot the 1st while furiously masturbating over the 2nd, is super super illegal. So some hypothetical, imagined case of road rage gives him permission to use his government position as a lawman to revoke another citizen’s rights.

            Oh boy this’ll be fun. Now tell me what you thought of Fred Phelps – I’m eager to hear why you’re going to be okay with his nasty, bigoted and hateful speech as protected but this bumper sticker isn’t. That’s incongruous, and you’re being disingenuous. So either you’ll be okay with Fred Phelps’ hate speech – in which case you’re just a hypocrite and only care about the speech when it’s your guy. Or alternatively, you’re not okay with his speech either and you either support government hate speech laws (which we could then discuss) or you’re entirely ignorant of how the 1st Amendment works. Only one of those 3 choices ends with you having any dignity left – disingenuous, ignorant, or on board with hate speech/crime laws. I’ll let you pick.

          • Mark

            The owner of the Fuck Trump truck has been arrested for fraud. Outstanding warrant. Your turn. Make it short this time.

          • Bryan

            That’s an arrest for fraud and an outstanding warrant, THAT is actually crime, there is a difference you fucking loser. But guess what? Because of this, he probably can get it thrown out for fruit from the poison tree.

            And you didn’t answer my question. Why should I make it short, is your brain so fried from hillbilly heroin that your attention only lasts two seconds? Or maybe it’s 5. Is that why the teevee lookity box soundmakabiteys get in your head?

            I recommend Hooked On Bumper Sticker Phonics – it might be closer to your speed.

            Since you think the commission of one crime automatically implies cops can just pull you over for your decals whenever they fucking feel like, I’ll just save us some time. You’re disingenuous, AND ignorant. And I pity the desperate woman plowing you.

          • Mark

            You are an idiot. Idiots resort to name calling when they are losing an argument. I don’t debate with idiots. I will give you some advice, get mental help. You are a mentally disturbed individual.

          • BobSF_94117

            So he goes on Facebook and alerts thousands of would-be shooters that there’s a guy driving around in a “Fuck Trump” truck and provides a photo to help identify it?

            Yeah, right. Helping. Doing his job.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Actually, what you’re seeing is a pretty good example of questionable political intimidation. As I noted above, trucks in Texas have all kinds of “vulgar” decals, window screens and accessories. More to the point, this “vulgar” sign is a political comment and thus is more than likely protected speech due to the political nature of it. He’s walking a dangerous line and I hope the ACLU fuck him up if he tries to push this. #JustSayNoToRepublicanIntimdation

      • Benjamin Eugene NElson

        Then he’ll play “The liburluz got me fired” card and gain even more alt-right cred.

      • Benjamin Eugene NElson

        I see someone who will either look good or play the “The bad liburlz got me fired.” card soon. I don’t think this is concidence…

  • Mark

    This is Troy. I would vote for him.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcZYgbGHkzw

    • Dee

      Weird that there’s a camera following him ard….. Grandstanding much? Oh trump’s fav trick.

      • Mark

        Not weird at all. They were covering a historic flood.

        • Dee

          And now it’s being used for political purpose by you.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      While he may or may not do good deeds, the fact remains he’s treading dangerously close to being a political thug. And please, don’t tell me that in his town, no other truck has some kind of vulgar messaging or accessories like those fucking truck balls and the like; we’ve been to Texas and that shit is everywhere. This smacks of selective and political intimidation, nothing more.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    SCOTUS already ruled in this in like 1971
    Cohen v. California
    “Similarly, Harlan and the Court refused to categorize the speech at issue as a “fighting word” under Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, because no “individual actually or likely to be present could reasonably have regarded the words on appellant’s jacket as a direct personal insult.”‘

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Stubenville

    Seriously people, we need to get over the fake outrage and pearl clutching because of coarse language. Ditto with swearing on TV. Have you HEARD fifth and sixth graders on the playground? As they say in Texas, that horse has long since left the barn.

    • William

      That horse has already eaten the children.

      • Franciscan

        Weren’t there some ladies in Texas who took up the cause of removing “unnecessary words” from civil discourse? See Greater Tuna by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams.

  • William

    This was decided in Texas courts decades ago.
    Some guy was walking around a small town grocery store wearing a t-shirt with ‘Fuck You’ printed on it. The police were called, the man was arrested.

    A judge ruled that the store manager could tell the man to leave the store because it was private property, but there was nothing illegal about wearing the shirt on public property.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    So let’s take a look at this from a different perspective.

    The Fonseca’s have a political message on their truck.
    The Sheriff is “concerned” that the message may cause someone to shoot at the truck because they’ll be provoked/offended.
    Thus, the Sheriff would prefer the Fonseca’s remove the “offending” political message.

    Now, let’s look at it from a different angle…

    Charlie Hebdo makes a cartoon of Mohammed.
    ISIS and other radical Islamists decide to shoot those who created the “offending” political message.
    Some people say “they had it coming” while others are like the Sheriff and insist that, for the good of all involved, no one should make “offending” cartoons because they may get shot.

    I don’t know about you guys, but the principle seems awfully similar. The idea that a cartoon or a truck window graphic is enough to cause someone to be shot.

    Terrorism…by any other name, smells just as cowardly.

    • JWC

      See they just should have baked the damned cake

  • Halou

    “Fuck Trump” is illegal, but mocking up an Obama lynching scene, that is just ‘free expression’ and we can’t prosecute for it.

  • Pluto Animus

    The Fonsecas could heed this Nazi pig in a way that makes things worse for him:

    By replacing it with a sticker that says,

    Trump says
    I Did Try to
    FUCK
    her, but she was
    MARRIED

  • (a) If this sheriff genuinely thought a driver was breaking the law, he actually has the power to run the license plate number to identify the owner. He didn’t need to crowdsource it on Facebook.

    (b) You meant to tell me in Houston that he’s never seen an anti-Obama or -Clinton bumper sticker that used foul language? Did he ever pursue any of those drivers?

    Clear First Amendment violation and potential abuse of power.

  • BobSF_94117

    “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.’”

    Sounds kinda threat-y, if you ask me.

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m with the sheriff on this one. I’m just sick and tired of all the god-damn fucking gratuitous vulgarity in this motherfucking country.

    • ECarpenter

      It’s a goddamn shame, isn’t it? Stupid fuckers sullying the civil discourse with their fucking cursing. Assholes, all of them.

  • JCF

    I predict more such stickers are being sold as I type? [Especially baller, on the back of a pick-up!]

  • From the Heartland

    Like Drumpf, this sheriff only believes that freedom of speech only applies to those in agreement with his own views. Trashy.

  • Schlukitz

    Hey. It’s Texas after all.