'F*** TRUMP' truck sticker photo goes viral; driver speaks with KPRC 2
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RICHMOND, Texas - A photo posted on social media showing a truck sticker with an expletive directed toward President Donald Trump is going viral and prompting local law enforcement to search for the driver.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a photo of the back of a white pickup truck with a tinted back window and a large sticker that reads, "F*** Trump, and f*** you for voting for him."

WATCH: Interview with owner of truck that has "F*** Trump" sticker

Here was Nehls' caption of the photo:

"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."

In the comments of the post, Nehls posted context about the disorderly conduct charge: "(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly: (1) 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 the peace; (2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace."

KPRC 2 spoke with the driver of the truck.

Karen Forsenca said she and her husband have had the decal on their truck for almost a year.

"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," Karen Fonseca said.

The mother of 12 said she and her husband stand by the stickers and don’t plan on taking them down. Forsenca said she doesn’t understand why the sheriff didn’t reach out to her, instead of posting it on Facebook.

“I mean, look, y'all don't know me and y’all 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,” explained Forsenca.

Nehls said he had received many complaints about the language used on the decal and that’s why posted the picture.

"I want to reach out to the owner of this truck and say 'Hey, listen, the last thing we need to do is have any type of confrontation over the language on your truck,” said Nehls during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“I drive it all the time on a daily basis, I'm not fearful, there's too much positive, and it makes people smile.  They honk their horn, they give you a thumbs up, there is some negativity because we're in a diversified community, but the plusses outweigh the negativity,” said Forsenca.

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

Forsenca said she doesn’t believe they have broken any laws. She also said, she doesn’t think what’s on her truck is any different than what is on TV and social media.

“I understand I have 12 children of our own, at the same time, what we have on the back of our truck is nothing compared to what you see every day on the music videos, see on TV and video games.”

KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice said this was a free speech issue and referred to the 1971 case of Cohen v. California. According to the case, the Supreme Court "overturned a man's conviction for the crime of disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket in the public corridors of a courthouse that displayed the phrase, 'F*** the draft.'"

LINK: Read more about the case from 1971

“Is it a slow news day in Fort Bend County, or worse yet, isn’t there any real crime?” Wice said. “The fact that it offends people doesn’t mean that anybody, particularly law enforcement, has the right to act as a censor to second guess their taste, their views, their beliefs.”

Comments on Nehls' Facebook post were varied. Some supported his message, while others defended free speech or said the sheriff's department should focus on other high-profile crime in the community.

“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 car, and get on with their lives,” Wice said.

Nehls defended his post, commenting "It is important to respond to calls from residents, yes."



Comments:
Some liberal trash don't understand that children read this vulgarity. I bet her children are very well behave and have a limited vocabulary to say the least
Posted by Sasquatch at 11/16/2017 10:48:21 AM

Sure she/he has the right for freedom of speech but Trump voters have every right to vote for who they want to without being cussed/cursed at. I for one am very offended by this sticker.

Of course she/he got more positive reactions than negative reactions which proves Trump supporters have much better manners than the Trump haters.
Posted by audreyflowers at 11/16/2017 10:52:38 AM

Vulgar is vulgar is vulgar. Nasty foolish people.
Posted by RNDiva at 11/16/2017 12:09:54 PM

Some forms of speech exhibit ignorance.
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 11/16/2017 12:33:12 PM

It's offensive, disrespectful and needs to be taking down...period end of story! If you don't like our President...get the hell out of our country!!!!
Posted by butterbean at 11/16/2017 1:11:57 PM

I hope nobody takes offense and damages them or their property, but I guess they would just be expressing their views. Still it's sad that they would display such a fowl word for our children to see. They could have left out a couple of the letters in the F word and people would not have been offended. But... obviously they are Trashy people.
Posted by bw at 11/16/2017 4:13:37 PM

Breaking News ... She was just arrested for outstanding FRAUD warrents ......and she has 12 kids .... Some foster !!!! Stay tuned
Posted by MrRadioman at 11/16/2017 5:28:10 PM

(feeling ornery) OK, what the heck. I'll stir up the rabblerousers a little more:

Remember who saved your sorry liberal ass during the hellacious floods when nobody else was around?? Ya think they were Clinton voters?? Lol, no, these were people who used THEIR OWN boats, THEIR OWN trucks, THEIR OWN gasoline, THEIR OWN resources to pluck you from the swirling, stinky waters and put you in a safer location. If you think the Clintonistas would have the brains and the balls to do that, please wait for them to rescue you next time, and tell the boats you dont want their help if they are Trump voters.
Posted by Knick Kname at 11/16/2017 9:35:06 PM

I just heard that Mrs. F_T_ got busted for a warrant for identity issues!! LMAO!!!
Posted by Knick Kname at 11/16/2017 9:49:04 PM

Wow! More drama! Follow the logic!

In a Channel 2 update:

"Thursday morning, Nehls deleted the Facebook post.

In a statement released to KPRC2, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office explained why the post was deleted, "The Sheriff made the post on his Personal page. The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message. Since the owner of the truck has been identified, the Sheriff took down the post. Due to the hate messages he has been receiving towards his wife and children, the Sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further." "

(link) www.click2houston.com/news/-f-trump-truck-sticker-photo-goes-viral-leads-to-search-for-driver

So, my curious-minded friends, the sheriff posts "personal" notes regarding a private citizen on his "personal" FB page which has his official position title,"Sheriff," in the heading. He wants to have a talk with the owner and goes so far as to consider criminal charges against said owner. Using the power of his position to request information from the public in his "personal" writings smacks of abuse of the county's personnel, ethics and social media policies. I seem to recall a few years ago another social media incident where the deputy was disciplined severely for a similar incident. I think it was an election-related incident.

So, Fort Bend County, whatcha gonna do??

If your highest law enforcement officer didn't file charges and wants to have a good ole boy talk with his constituents before he does (he is an elected official, remember), then the other voters and constituents should have the same treatment, right??

Watch out, those worms escaping from the can I just opened are gaining momentum...

Lawyer up, Sheriff Troy. Your intentions may have been good but the methodology sucked.



Posted by Knick Kname at 11/17/2017 1:20:43 AM

And was arrested for outstanding warrants LOL..it is offensive!! Don't want my grandchildren thinking this is ok...not to mention my 87 year old mother...she hates that word and is really offended by it.
Posted by Linda at 11/17/2017 9:05:24 AM

Liberals love to offend, but NOT be offended because they have rights. Funny how that works huh? It now looks like her little rights are crawling up her little... uh, not so little rear.
Posted by Sasquatch at 11/17/2017 9:59:55 AM

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