A 23-year-old Floridian named Dillon Shane Webb claims a violation against his freedom of speech occurred when a police officer recently charged him with “possession and distribution of obscene material” for having a sticker on his truck’s back window that proclaimed, “I Eat *ss.”
According to the Lake City Reporter, a Columbia County police deputy saw the sticker on Webb’s brown Chevrolet truck while traveling down the highway. The officer stopped Webb and claimed that his sticker violated Florida Statute 847.011 forbidding the possession and distribution of obscene material. The law is so broadly written that it can apply to anything that anyone finds “obscene.”
The police report says the deputy asked Webb how “a parent of a small child would explain the meaning of the words.” Webb replied that the sticker was “just words” and said that their meaning would be “up to the parent.”
Keep in mind, that the aforementioned Florida statute doesn’t mention children, and people often use “think of the children” as a pretext for anything that makes them uncomfortable. We wonder if the officer also stops vehicles with those tacky testicular “Truck Nutz” (NSFW) hanging from their back hitches.
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Anyway, the deputy told Webb to remove the sticker from his vehicle or to remove a single letter from the word *ss so that the sticker would “no longer be derogatory,” but Webb refused. So instead, the officer took a photo of the sticker as evidence and arrested Webb and charged him with two first-degree misdemeanors for obscenity and resisting arrest.
Webb will now have to appear in court on May 23 to defend his butt-eating sticker. Personally, we hope he gets a decent lawyer and fights it. We’re not even sure if Webb is gay, bi, straight or what. He could be completely straight, in which case he’s proudly talking about munching on women’s butts, something that few men rarely, if ever, boast about (but should).
I hope he gets a judge with a sense of humor.
a sense of humor and one who understands constitutional law! 🙂
Not sure Queerty abbreviated it for the sensitive eyes here. If not then who cares about… “I eat *ss”? He sounds like he’s got a good sense of humor and fun. I’m more concerned about the real obscene stickers like make america great again.
I would like to know the name of the cop in the picture above please, I don’t know why but seeing him being rough in the above picture peeked my interest.
In all seriousness……………………………………………………………………..THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!
Sorry. I can’t let this stand. I think…HOPE…you meant it “… PIQUED [your] interest.”
I react similarly to fingernails scraping a blackboard or to someone writing about getting “perks” with a job. Really? Free coffee? Or did the writer intend PERQS, as in PERQUISITES, i.e. nice side benefits?
As it bothers you so much, just thought I’d let you know a full stop/period goes after the speech mark, not before. Perks is also grammatically fine and acceptable. Perqs is hardly used in written English.
The law supports the kid on this. The cop should know that.
Any one else remember the In-n-Out Burger stickers where people cut the “B” and “r” off?
Not only should the criminal case be thrown under both First Amendment and vagueness grounds, Mr. Webb should file a lawsuit against the officer personally and the department for violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981. I am sure there are any number of attorneys who will take this case on contingency.
It’s Florida. That tells you all you need to know.
Lots of weak minds down there (talking about the officer of course).
Oooh!~ He has a naughty word on his car!~ God that policeman must have serious superiority complex issues.
So I guess an ET Me license plate is out too
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
As the Police slowly morph into thought Police……
Another idiot cop using his power, but Florida has weird laws. It is a republican state
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