Texas resident Karen Fonesca has doubled-down on her right to free speech after being arrested for what she describes as bogus charges.
Last week, Fonesca was arrested after Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a picture of her truck on his Facebook page with the message that he had “received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck” and wanted to discuss it with the driver.
Fonesca’s truck had a decal on the back window that read “F*** Trump and f*** you for voting for him.” On Sunday and after her arrest, Fonesca posted a picture of her truck with an additional decal, “F*** Troy Nehls and f*** you for voting for him.”
She’s arguing her arrest was politically motivated and that she’s been stopped repeatedly by “older white men,” who have had negative reactions to her decal – the decal she refuses to remove.
Fonesca told CNN she and her husband ordered the anti- Trump decal almost a year ago and said, “That’s our opinion on him.”
A press conference was scheduled for Monday with Fonesca and Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds at the Fort Bend County Justice Center. “We have to protect people’s First Amendment Right to Free Speech,” Reynolds said. “A difference in political views does not give Sheriff Nehls the right to target citizens. These actions by Sheriff Nehls could be an abuse of his law enforcement authority.”
When asked about Fonesca’s new decal, Sheriff Nehls told KPRC he was “not surprised and that he “thinks it’s disgusting.”
Fonesca’s Facebook post: