If you live in Houston, you may have seen this (above) vehicle driving around.
Karen Fonseca decided to exercise her first amendment right by displaying a large ‘F*ck Trump and F*ck You for Voting for Him’ sticker on the back windshield of her truck. As expected, her message has angered quite a few people and on Thursday she was arrested for some outstanding warrant she had no idea was even out there.
According to Houston’s KHOU, the woman was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. She posted bond and was released shortly after.
“I had just bought me soup was going to go to the house. I turn around and he says, ‘I’m not going to put handcuffs on you. I’ll follow you to your house, park your truck and come with us,’” Karen Fonseca said after her release. “I go, ‘A warrant? I’ve been doing background checks recently, and they’ve all come out clear.’”
The warrant stems from a 2015 incident in which Fonseca was accused of fraudulent possession or use of identifying information. The case was reported reviewed in July of this year, when the warrant was issued.
Fonseca said she was convinced her politics played a part in her arrest.
“I’m almost certain it does have to do with this,” she said. “People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you’re in politics, people know how to work the system.”
The women’s truck went viral after Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted an image of it on Facebook asking the public to identify the owner. He wrote: “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.”
After many people and organizations, including the ACLU, accused him of ignoring First Amendment rights, Nehls insisted he wasn’t trying to censor the owner; he just wanted to “prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message.”
Foresca and her husband, Mike Foresca, told KHOU they don’t intend to remove the decal.
“No plans to take it down,” Mike Foresca said. “Unless he can show me where it says that in the law book, it’s not coming down until the weather takes it down or I replace it with something else.”
At least the ACLU has her back!
.@SheriffTNehls, you can't prosecute speech just because it has the word "f*ck" in it. (And the owner of the truck should feel free to contact @ACLUTx.) #ConstitutionalLaw101 #FreeSpeech pic.twitter.com/WPWUW5fFwo
— ACLU of Texas (@ACLUTx) November 15, 2017