Karen Fonseca, a Texas woman who placed a “F-ck Trump and f-ck you for voting for him” sticker on the back of her truck, says she is considering a lawsuit against her county sheriff after she was suddenly arrested on an outstanding warrant one day after the sheriff put “her on blast” on his Facebook page, posting a photo of her truck while threatening to charge her with disorderly conduct over the sticker.
“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls wrote in a since-deleted post. “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,” the post read before Sheriff Nehls decided to delete it, claiming he received threats to his family.”
Fonseca was arrested one day after Nehls made the Facebook post on an outstanding felony warrant. She was released later that day on a $1,500 bond, according to The Washington Post.
Fonseca accuses Nehls of violating her civil rights for political gain and said she’s considering a lawsuit against Nehls.
“I’m just one person,” she said, according to the Post. “But if I can be used as bait for Troy Nehls to try to gain … supporters for him in his upcoming race for Congress against Pete Olson, then this is how the system works: Pick on the people who are vulnerable and step in and turn their lives around for gain.”
“It is protected speech,” Fonseca’s attorney Brian Middleton said, according to BuzzFeed News. “Anyone who has a sticker like that is within their rights. He acted like a cyber bully and threatened her with prosecution.”
“If you can go out there and say…grab those women by the pussy, what is that statement in comparison to what’s on the back of a truck?” Fonseca said, according to the Post.
Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey told the Post that Fonseca could not be charged with disorderly conduct, saying the sticker does not meet the “elements of the crime of disorderly conduct.”
“I don’t believe it does, nor did a select group of prosecutors in my office who reviewed the matter,” Healey told the Post.
Buzzfeed reported Monday that Sheriff Nehls’ office will not be charging her.
Fonseca posted a photo on Facebook this weekend to show off her new Truck decal which reads: “Fuck Troy Nehls and fuck you for voting for him”.
NBC affiliate KPRC reports that Nehls is aware of the decal saying “Fuck Nehls” and he is “not surprised” by it, and “thinks it’s disgusting.”