Sheriff Troy E Nehls Search For A Truck With A Fuck Trump Sticker Horribly Backfires

Fort Bend County, Texas Sheriff Troy E Nehls made a post asking for help finding the driver of a truck with a sticker that reads “Fuck Trump and fuck you for voting for him”

  • Nehls claims that their prosecutor is willing to accept a disorderly conduct charge if no “modification” was made to the sticker

  • In 1971 the Supreme Court ruled on a similar display that was protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments

  • Nehls has received nonstop backlash on social media since he made the post

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.

Fuck Trump

On Wednesday, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls made a post on his Facebook page asking for help finding the owner of a white truck with a large sticker on the back window that reads, “FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”

Nehls claims he has received multiple calls about the controversial sticker. The vehicle has been seen on the FM 359, according to Nehls. Nehls then claims that their prosecutor, John F. Healey, Jr., “would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it.” He finishes by saying that he believes he and the owner can reach an agreement on a “modification” to the sticker instead.

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.

Facebook users quickly began slamming Nehls in the comment section, while reminding the Fort Bend County Sheriff of the First Amendment.

Nehls responded in the comments several times by posting the definition of “Disorderly Conduct,” which reads:

(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly:

(1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of peace;

(2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of peace;

The First Amendment And Fourteenth Amendments

While many argue Nehls is going against the First Amendment, in a similar case the Supreme Court ruled First, and Fourteenth Amendments protected the right to have a similar display.

On February 22, 1971, Cohen v. California went in front of the Supreme Court. Cohen was convicted of violating “Cal.Penal Code § 415 which prohibits ‘maliciously and willfully disturb[ing] the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or person . . . by . . . offensive conduct,’ for wearing a jacket bearing the words ‘Fuck the Draft’ in a corridor of the Los Angeles Courthouse.”

On June 7, 1971, the court ruled, “the State may not, consistently with the First and Fourteenth Amendments, make the simple public display of this single four-letter expletive a criminal offense.”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Price Of Going Viral

Nehls Facebook page has turned into a social media nightmare. For hours straight Facebook users have been posting their disapproval of Nehls’ post both in the comments and posts to the page. Very few people have taken the Sheriff’s side in his search for the fuck trump truck as the original post has now been shared over 4,000 times.

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