In a Facebook post, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said the owner of a truck with a “F–k Trump and F–k you for voting for him” sticker could violate a disorderly conduct law.
…”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,”
…The sheriff also posted a photo of a portion of the Texas law for “Disorderly Conduct” in the comments section of the post “for the point of discussion.”
…”.@SheriffTNehls, you can’t prosecute speech just because it has the word “f–k” in it. (And the owner of the truck should feel free to contact @ACLUTx.) #ConstitutionalLaw101 #FreeSpeech,” the tweet from ACLU Texas read.
At a Wednesday news conference, and following severe backlash and numerous reactions on social media, Nehls seemed to back down from the idea of pressing charges on the driver, saying he supports freedom of speech. He also acknowledged a 1971 Supreme Court case, Cohen v. California, that overturned the conviction of a man accused of disturbing the peace for donning a jacket with an expletive as part of an effort to protest the military draft and the Vietnam War.