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Title: Florida Man Arrested, Thrown in Jail for Truck Sticker that Had the Word ‘A**’ On It
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/florida-man-arrested-sticker/
Published: May 8, 2019
Author: Matt Agorist
Post Date: 2019-05-10 05:46:08 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 83
Comments: 9

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Lake City, FL — Freedom of speech, in the land of the free, is not guaranteed. Despite the wording of the First Amendment, claiming that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech,” there are countless laws across the country designed to do exactly that. However, even when there aren’t archaic anti-speech laws on the books, police will all too often deprive people of their freedom — for practicing their freedom. A Florida man learned this the hard way when he was arrested this week for a sticker on the back of his truck.

Dillon Shane Webb, 23, was pulled over this week by a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy. Webb had broken no traffic laws, was not a threat to anyone, and was not suspected of committing a crime. He did, however, have a sticker with the word “a**” on the back of his truck.

The deputy claimed the sticker on the back of Webb’s truck which said, “I EAT A**,” violated Florida’s obscenity law, so he targeted Webb for extortion and kidnapping.

“They’re just words,” Webb told the deputy after being pulled over.

“I then asked Dillon how a parent of a small child would explain the meaning of the words,” the deputy wrote in his report. Webb then responded rationally, telling the deputy that would be up to the parent.

Indeed, it would be. But this deputy just knew that Webb was a hardened criminal hell bent on destroying all that is good by putting a sticker on his truck saying that he eats things deemed inappropriate, so he issued the 23-year-old a notice to appear in court for the ‘obscenity violation.’

The deputy then told Webb to remove part of the sticker so it wasn’t offensive. “I allowed him to remove one of the letters from the word ‘A**’ so the statement would no longer be derogatory.” But, he said, Webb refused to do so, citing the First Amendment, according to Gainsville.com.

The deputy clearly couldn’t have cared less about the First Amendment.

For refusing to remove the sticker, the deputy then arrested Webb, charging him with resisting an officer without violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. Webb was kidnapped and thrown in a cage and he had harmed no one. His bail was set at $2,500.

The deputy then had Webb’s truck towed and impounded, assuring the community that they wouldn’t have to see the word a**. Problem solved.

Actually, the problem was not solved and this deputy likely created a legal situation for the taxpayers of Lake City in which they will be shelling out thousands to pay for Webb’s unlawful arrest.

When looking at Florida’s obscenity law, it appears that it mostly applies to pornography and displaying it as such. The words “I EAT A**” can hardly be considered pornography and can hardly be considered the display of such. While these words are certainly tasteless, to kidnap and cage someone for having them on their truck is grossly more offensive.

In Cohen v. California, the U.S. Supreme court upheld a citizen’s First Amendment right to wear a jacket to court that read “F**k the Draft,” the court held:

“For, while the particular four-letter word being litigated here is perhaps more distasteful than most others of its genre, it is nevertheless often true that one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric. Indeed, we think it is largely because governmental officials cannot make principled distinctions in this area that the Constitution leaves matters of taste and style so largely to the individual.”

Here at the Free Thought Project, we feel there are no such things as ‘bad words’ but, rather, certain words some people don’t like to hear.

The arbitrary nature of government enforcing laws that dictate what vocabulary a person can use is as ridiculous as it is tyrannical. Sadly, it remains a part of society.

Telling people what words they can and can’t say to ‘protect’ others is chilling. Freedom of speech does not come with terms and conditions as words alone, less the obvious yelling “fire” in a movie theater, cannot cause physical harm.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

The words “I EAT A**” can hardly be considered pornography and can hardly be considered the display of such.

If the judge agrees, he's a free man. Too bad the driver lacked the common- sense judgement as to what constitutes an "obscene" bumper sticker.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-10   9:55:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: misterwhite (#1)

Not a fan of the first amendment, eh bobby?

I'm shocked!

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-05-10   11:28:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#2)

Not a fan of the first amendment, eh bobby?

I am. Just as I'm a fan of the right of people to be free from gratuitous obscenity -- which has never been protected by the first amendment.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-10   14:47:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: misterwhite (#3)

I'm a fan of the right of people to be free from gratuitous obscenity -- which has never been protected by the first amendment.

The Supreme Court has ruled otherwise.

In Cohen v. California, the U.S. Supreme court upheld a citizen’s First Amendment right to wear a jacket to court that read “F**k the Draft,” the court held:

“For, while the particular four-letter word being litigated here is perhaps more distasteful than most others of its genre, it is nevertheless often true that one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric. Indeed, we think it is largely because governmental officials cannot make principled distinctions in this area that the Constitution leaves matters of taste and style so largely to the individual.”

You've also claimed in the past that flag burning is not protected speech.

You're 0 for 2 fascist.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-05-10   14:53:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#4)

In Cohen v. California, the U.S. Supreme court upheld a citizen’s First Amendment right to wear a jacket to court that read “F**k the Draft,”

A) He was wearing that in a corridor of the Los Angeles Courthouse, not on the bumper of his car. B) He was charged with offensive conduct, not obscenity. C) "Fuck the Draft" is a political statement. "I Eat Ass" is not.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-10   15:09:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#4) (Edited)

You've also claimed in the past that flag burning is not protected speech.

Since I know that it is, I must have been expressing my opinion. I also don't think nude dancing should be protected speech, but it is.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-10   15:12:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: misterwhite, Deckard (#5)

Has anyone gotten busted for a sticker like this, been around for decades?



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Hondo68  posted on  2019-05-10   15:36:08 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: misterwhite (#5)

Charges Dropped Against Florida Man, Because the First Amendment Protects His "I Eat Ass" Bumper Sticker

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-05-18   5:21:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard (#8)

Charges Dropped Against Florida Man, Because the First Amendment Protects His "I Eat Ass" Bumper Sticker

If charges were dropped against someone caught shoplifting, does that mean the first amendment protects shoplifting?

You do jump to conclusions, don't you.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-18   10:59:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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