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Last week, Texas Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted—and then deleted—a photo of a truck on his personal Facebook page. A sticker on the truck’s back window read, “Fuck Trump and Fuck You for Voting for Him,” and Nehls hoped to find the owner and come to an agreement for modification.
In response, the truck owner modified her back window, but not quite in his favor.
The owner of the truck and its decal, Karen Fonseca, was threatened with a disorderly conduct charge if she did not change her sticker. Although Fonesca was not arrested for the decal, she was put in jail soon after the incident for a previous outstanding warrant. She got out on a $1,500 bail, and afterward her daughter wrote on Facebook that the timing of her arrest seemed like more than just a coincidence.
In response to Nehls, the Fort Bend County resident uploaded her own viral Facebook picture highlighting the recent change made to the back of her car. Adding to her previous sentiment, it now reads, “Yeah.. Fuck Trump and fuck you for voting for him. Fuck Troy Nehls and fuck you for voting for him.”
Nehl’s now-deleted post received 10,000 comments condemning Fonesca’s actions, defending her right to free speech, or even turning into hate messages toward the sheriff and his family, causing him to step back from the original inquiry.
According to local station KHOU, Fonseca and her attorney Roy Reynolds are considering a civil lawsuit against the sheriff.
“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,” Fonseca said.
As for Fonseca’s “upgraded” decal messages, more than 500 people have shared the post, garnering many comments on her feed supporting freedom of speech. According to NBC affiliate KPRC, Nehls said he is “disgusted” but “not surprised” by the updated decal.
Samantha Reichstein is a former intern for the Daily Dot whose work focused on entertainment and politics. She's written for the Bump, the Nest, the Knot, the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Way Magazine, and Broadway World TV.