Florida man arrested for refusing to remove vulgar sticker: ‘They’re just words’

A man has been arrested on suspicion of obscenity after refusing to remove a bumper sticker from his vehicle reading “I eat ass.”

Dillon Shane Webb, 23, of Lake City, Florida, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of obscene material and resisting arrest without violence following an incident on Highway 90 on May 5.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy spotted the sticker on the rear window of a brown Chevrolet truck traveling west on the highway at around 5:50 p.m.

The deputy believed that the sticker violated the state’s Statute 847.011 which prohibits the possession of obscene or lewd material, including drawings, pictures, or any other written or printed matter.

When the officer confronted Webb about the sticker, the suspect replied that they were “just words,” according the Lake City Reporter.

The deputy additionally requested Webb how a mother or father of a small toddler would give an explanation for the meaning of the graphic sticker if they saw it, to which Webb responded it would be “up to the parent.”

Webb was firstly stated with obscenity and passed a note to appear in court through the deputy. two After being asked to do away with one of the letters from the decal to make it much less offensive, Webb refused citing his First Amendment rights, according to the report. He was then additionally charged with resisting arrest.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Webb said he plans on submitting a wrongful arrest lawsuit towards the department, believing the deputy who detained him was out to get him.

“I’m worn-out of police forces questioning they are above the Constitution, the Bill of Rights,” Webb said.

“Like the whole time, he was just certainly rude,” Webb added. “It simply felt to me like his aim was once to get me in jail.”

Webb additionally claimed he has never had any problems with his sticker. “I’ve had parents force by way of me with their children taking pictures. They point and  chuckle  and giggle, and they go on about their day.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida wondered why the sheriff’s workplace was once bothering with such a trivial matter.

“Shouldn’t police officers spend their time serving and defending communities and not pulling Floridians over for speech that is already included by the First Amendment?” ACLU spokeswoman Casey Bruce-White stated in a statement. “Using the excuse that a infant would see and ask questions about this specific bumper decal is absurd.”

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office defended the arrest in a assertion to AP. “If the law is faulty then the legislature can address that or if the law is unconstitutional then the judiciary will address it,” Sergeant Murray Smith said.

Webb is due to show up at Columbia County Courthouse on May 23 to face the charges.

 

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