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Texas sheriff who threatened woman with charges over 'F**k Trump' truck decal says she is getting '15 minutes of shame'

  • Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said Monday Karen Fonseca’s behavior is indicative of the ‘sad state of affairs’ in the country
  • Fonseca, 46, was spotted driving her pickup in Houston, Texas, last week with a ‘F**k Trump’ sticker on the rear window
  • Nehls had threatened to issue her a citation for disorderly conduct over the sticker
  • The sheriff later backed down before Fonseca was arrested on Thursday on an outstanding fraud warrant from August
  • Following her release from prison, Fonseca posted a photo on Facebook on Sunday of a new message on her truck that says: ‘F**k Troy Nehls’
  • Nehls said the profane stickers have earned Fonseca ’15 minutes of shame’

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The Texas sheriff who made headlines last week when he tried to challenge a woman’s right to drive around with a ‘F**k Trump’ decal on her truck on Monday broke his silence on the controversy.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls went on the KTRH Radio[2], saying that Karen Fonseca’s antics were indicative of the ‘sad state of affairs’ in the country at large.

Fonseca, 46, caused a stir when she was spotted driving her pickup in Houston with the expletive-laden sticker expressing her discontent with President Donald Trump and those who voted him into office.

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Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls Karen Fonseca

Speaking out: Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls (left) says Karen Fonseca (right) is getting her ’15 minutes of shame’ over twin truck decals targeting Donald Trump and himself

Fonseca, 46, added the 'F**k Troy Nehls' sticker (above) to her truck in honor of the sheriff who last week threatened her with charges for the 'F**k Trump' message on her pickup

Fonseca, 46, added the ‘F**k Troy Nehls’ sticker (above) to her truck in honor of the sheriff who last week threatened her with charges for the ‘F**k Trump’ message on her pickup

After Sheriff Nehls had Fonseca arrested on an outstanding fraud warrant and then threatened to cite her for disorderly conduct over the decal, the defiant driver added a second sticker that read: ‘F**k Troy Nehls.’

Speaking to KTRH Radio this week, the sheriff said he was not surprised when he found himself on the receiving end of Fonseca’s ire.

‘It’s just a sad state of affairs. Our country is at a moral decline,’ he lamented.

Nehls added that the 46-year-old motorist is ‘certainly receiving her 15 minutes of fame. I almost believe it’s 15 minutes of shame.’

Nehls had initially put out an appeal on Facebook to track down Fonseca.

In his post, the sheriff said that a county prosecutor told him the anti-Trump decal could warrant a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

The sheriff later backed down after District Attorney John Healey said he didn’t think it would have been a prosecutable case.

The following day, Fonseca was taken into custody on the fraud warrant issued in August by the Rosenberg Police Department. She remained in the county jail Thursday night with bond set at £1,500.

Following her release, Fonseca posted a photo on Facebook of the new message on her truck targeting Troy Nehls.

Fonseca said the Trump decal has been on the rear window of her pickup for nearly a year and it would remain there for the time-being.

At a press conference with her attorneys on Monday, Fonseca said she was simply exercising her freedom of speech rights.

‘No matter what race, religion, or belief you may have, we are all equal. Not any one of us is any better than anyone else.

Everyone’s voice should be heard. And I’m just one person,’ she said.

‘What are we teaching our next generation of presidents to be? If you can say ‘grab those women by the p***y’. (Trump) says it and nobody deletes it.’

Fonseca and her lawyers held a press conference on Monday morning saying she feels everyone is entitled to free speech

Fonseca and her lawyers held a press conference on Monday morning saying she feels everyone is entitled to free speech

Nehls posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook last week alongside a request to speak with the driver.
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Nehls posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook last week alongside a request to speak with the driver. He later back down on his threat of charges against Fonseca

“I feel we’re all entitled to our freedom of speech.

We should stand together and always stand behind what you believe. And that is what it takes to make a change happen,” Karen Fonseca, owner of anti-Trump truck, says pic.twitter.com/UJabwEq843[3]

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 20, 2017[4]

‘I feel we’re all entitled to our freedom of speech. We should stand together and always stand behind what you believe.

And that is what it takes to make a change happen,’ she added.

Her lawyers say they are considering filing civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff.

Fonseca was arrested on Thursday over an outstanding fraud warrant issued in August. She added the 'F**k Nehls' sticker over the weekend after being released

Fonseca was arrested on Thursday over an outstanding fraud warrant issued in August.

She added the ‘F**k Nehls’ sticker over the weekend after being released

At a news conference after his Facebook post appealing for information about the owner of the truck, Nehls said he supported freedom of speech but worried that profane messages could incite others and lead to confrontations that would disturb the peace he had pledged to keep.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, which covers the county just southwest of Houston, said Nehls’ post was removed once the pickup driver was identified.

Nehls had also been receiving hate messages toward his wife and children, according to the sheriff’s office.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas posted on Facebook that Fonseca’s message is protected speech and urged her to reach out to the organization.

The ACLU noted a 1971 U.S.

Supreme Court case that overturned the conviction of a man for disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket with an expletive as part of an effort to protest the military draft and the Vietnam War.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas posted on Facebook that Fonseca's message is protected speech and urged her to reach out to the organization

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas posted on Facebook that Fonseca’s message is protected speech and urged her to reach out to the organization

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ KTRH Radio (ktrh.iheart.com)
  3. ^ pic.twitter.com/UJabwEq843 (t.co)
  4. ^ November 20, 2017 (twitter.com)



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