Karen Foseca the owner of the truck with the “Fuck Trump” sticker that went viral on Wednesday has been arrested
On Wednesday Sheriff Troy E Nehls made a post to his Facebook looking for the owner of the truck
On Thursday police received an anonymous tip about an outstanding warrant Foseca has in Rosenberg
Police arrested Foseca at her house in Stafford in front of her 6-year-old daughter according to her husband
On Wednesday, a white truck with a sticker that read “Fuck Trump and fuck you for voting for him” went viral after Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls made a post searching for the owner of the truck on his Facebook page.
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.
Don’t Feed the Trolls
The post brought pure rage to Nehls’ Facebook page. Social media users felt the post clearly went against Constitutional rights. Even a surprising amount of Trump fans were supporting her right to have the sticker, even though they did not approve of the message.
On Thursday, Nehls removed the post, and disabled the ability to write on his Facebook wall. However, people are still using the comment sections from old posts to let the Sheriff know how they feel.
Nehls stated that he did not regret making the post at a press conference. He claimed he removed the post after Karen Fonseca was identified as the owner of the truck.
After feeling the wrath of the Internet for a pretty solid 24 hours, a spokeswoman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s said they received a tip about Fonseca’s warrant. Her husband Mike Fonseca said the arrest happened at their home in Stafford in front of her 6-year-old daughter.
Fonseca’s outstanding warrant is out of Rosenberg, where she is charged with fraud. Her bond was set at $1,500 and was released Thursday night. According to ABC13, the Mike feels the arrest is retaliation for the “Fuck Trump” graphic that has been on the truck for 11 months.
In Nehls’ post, he claimed that Fort Bend County Prosecutor John F. Healey, Jr. had agreed to a disorderly conduct charge. On Thursday, Healey said that Nehls did not consult him about the post and he would not treat the profane graphic as a crime.
It is becoming common practice for law enforcement to use social media to assist with searching for criminals. More often than not, wanted pictures posted to Facebook receive a healthy amount of shares and support across social media, covering an extensive area in a short period.
Sometimes these posts also backfire. A prime example is the growing backlash towards law enforcement after they make social media posts related to a cannabis arrest. While police were once praised for cannabis arrests, the country has changed their perception towards cannabis as whole. There is a growing consensus that cannabis arrests and prosecutions are a waste of resources.
But Cannabis arrests are not the only thing that places law enforcement under scrutiny from the public on social media. Officers abusing their power has been a topic for a number of years and people are quick to voice their opinion on social media, as a Texas sheriff just learned.