Police Hunt Car With Anti-Trump Sticker (Photo)

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Texas police are searching for a man with a large sticker about President Donald Trump on his car.

"F**k Trump and f**k you for voting for him," reads the controversial message on the person's vehicle, reports the Daily Mail.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E Nehls says he received "numerous calls" about the "offensive display."

He adds he wants to charge the man with disorderly conduct, but may not if the driver cooperates.

"Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding [the sticker], but I feel [police and the driver] could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it," Nehls wrote in a Facebook that has since been taken down.

The sheriff's comments instantly provoked controversy.

Some praised the police for taking action.

"I've seen this truck, and I would pleased if the owner of this vehicle was prosecuted for disorderly conduct," wrote one person under the Facebook post. "My children saw this, and I was infuriated they were subjected to this offensive display."

Others defended the driver's right to free speech.

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"Your prosecutor should concentrate on real crime," commented another. "'What A Joke. Love Seeing our law enforcement wasting time and energy on pointless s**t."

"If the owner turns his or herself in and then faces charges, please tell me where I can contribute to a legal defense fund to help defend against these politically motivated charges," a second wrote.

"Driver- if the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is stupid enough to arrest you, and the DA’s office is stupid enough to prosecute you, I would be honored to defend you for free," wrote one attorney.

"If I had to explain what 'grab them by the p***y' meant to my kids, you can explain 'F**k Trump' to yours," commented another person.

Some questioned the legality of prosecuting someone for a sign on their car.

Many cited the similar 1971 Cohen vs California case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a conviction against Paul Robert Cohen for wearing a jacket reading "F**k the draft" in a courthouse.

Republican District Attorney John Healey said he "did not believe it was a prosecutable case based on the definition of disorderly conduct," reports Chron.

The ACLU of Texas also wrote a message in support of the vehicle owner.

"Constitutional Law 101: You can't ban speech just because it has 'f@ck' in it," the organization posted on its Facebook page. "Hey truck owner, feel free to contact the ACLU of Texas."

Texas law defines disorderly conduct as intentionally using "abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of peace."

Sources: Daily Mail, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls/Facebook, Chron / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Sheriff Troy E. Nehls/Facebook, Shealah Craighead/The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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