Man’s Arrest Over “I Eat Ass” Window Sticker Sparks First Amendment Argument
A man in Florida was arrested on Sunday after he was pulled over for what an officer said was a violation of the state’s obscene material statute.
Dillon Shane Webb, 23, was driving his newly purchased Chevy pickup in Lake City, FL when an officer spotted the pickup and saw the sticker on the rear window. The sticker in question simply said, "I eat ass."
The deputy contended that the sticker violated the state's state’s obscene material statute and asked Dillon, “a parent of a small child would explain the meaning of the words 'I EAT ASS.'"
The deputy issued a citation to appear in court and then asked Mr. Webb to alter the sticker so it would be “no longer be derogatory.” Webb cited his First Amendment right and refused.
The deputy then took Webb into custody on a charge of resisting an officer without violence, a misdemeanor. He was also charged with possession of obscene material, also a misdemeanor. The deputy then had the truck towed from the scene.
Dillon was released from the county jail Sunday evening after posting $2500 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment on May 21.
Read more at Orlando Weekly.