As reported earlier, Texan Karen Fonseca claimed she was targeted by Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls for decorating her truck with a decal that read "F**K TRUMP AND F**K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM."
Last week, Nehls posted an image of her truck and decal on his personal Facebook page, saying "If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you." He also said "our prosecutor" was considering charging the owner with disorderly conduct. By Thursday, the post was deleted after Nehls was widely criticized in what was perceived as a threat to free speech.
Following that, Fonseca was arrested on an outstanding warrant for fraud, after investigators received a tip, according to The Washington Post.
After being released on $1,500 bail, Fonesca claimed a history of harassment by Fort Bend police. "I’m almost certain it does have to do with [the decal]," Fonseca said of her arrest, to KHOU-TV. "People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you’re in politics, people know how to work the system."
According to CBS News, the district attorney in Fort Bend County says his office has no plans to file charges over the decal.
Defiant, Fonseca did not remove the sign as reportedly requested by Nehls. Instead, she added to it. The decal on her truck now reads: "YEAH... F**K TRUMP AND F**K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM. F**K TROY NEHLS AND F**K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM."
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As well, Fonseca is claiming that she was cyberbullied by Nehls and is considering filing a civil-rights lawsuit, The Washington Post reported. During a news conference Monday, Fonseca castigated the sheriff, alleging his actions were part of a political stunt given that he is considering running for Congress.
"I’m just one person," Fonseca said. "But if I can be used as bait for Troy Nehls to try to gain approval for him to gain supporters 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."
Fonesca also had a message for critics who felt particularly offended by the language in her decal. "If you can go out there and say . . .grab those women by the p***y," she said, referring to President Donald Trump's infamous brag, "what is that statement in comparison to what’s on the back of a truck?"