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Peoria, Illinois Mayor Orders Police Raid Over Parody Twitter Account
Information Liberation ^ | 04/18/2014 | not given

Posted on 04/19/2014 7:59:07 AM PDT by Leaning Right

Police searched a West Bluff house Tuesday and seized phones and computers in an effort to unmask the author of a parody Twitter account that purported to be Mayor Jim Ardis.

The account — known as @Peoriamayor on the popular social media service that limits entries to 140 characters — already had been suspended for several weeks when up to seven plainclothes police officers executed a search warrant about 5:20 p.m. at 1220 N. University St.

Three people at the home were taken to the Peoria Police Department for questioning. Two other residents were picked up at their places of employment and taken to the station, as well.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: parody; peoria; twitter
The warrent alleged the crime of impersonating a public official. But Illinois law makes impersonating a public official a crime only if it was done for material gain. That's clearly not the case here.

The real reason for the raid: A citizen dared to mock a public official. It's just lucky for the citizen that he wasn't wearing an Obama mask when the raid occurred.

Then he would have faced federal as well as state charges.

1 posted on 04/19/2014 7:59:07 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Leaning Right

Dear RIght Leaning American

I will see what I can do about this after michelle and I have lunch!

Your Pal,

Obie Wan Obama


2 posted on 04/19/2014 8:01:01 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Leaning Right
There was a time when such a move by a politician would be met with outrage.

I hope the civil trial ruins the SOB.

3 posted on 04/19/2014 8:02:34 AM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Wow!

One would think that being the mayor of Peoria was enough reason to hate your life. Now you have some domestic terrorists lampooning you on some social networking site.

This may require the national guard being called out...


4 posted on 04/19/2014 8:04:57 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Leaning Right

I’d change it to @Peeoriamayor and rock on! Even worse!


5 posted on 04/19/2014 8:05:24 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: IncPen
The government school's have trained us well.
6 posted on 04/19/2014 8:06:38 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Leaning Right

When you see Reid attack Bundy’s family and friends and woman and children are threatened by Federal shock troops— then the Mayor says (despite the constitution)”I can do that too!!!” Pretty clear to me as our governance slips further in the despotism.


7 posted on 04/19/2014 8:07:38 AM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: Leaning Right

It wasn’t just “mocking a public official.” The twitter account originally pretended to be the actual mayor.


8 posted on 04/19/2014 8:09:20 AM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: SADMILLIE

but, although the twitter stuff didn’t play well in Peoria, it might play very weIl in the court room where the Mayor and the city of Peoria are sued to the high heavens.


9 posted on 04/19/2014 8:11:40 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: iowamark
It wasn’t just “mocking a public official.” The twitter account originally pretended to be the actual mayor.

So?

Its part of Americana, impersonating and mocking public officials.

10 posted on 04/19/2014 8:11:50 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: iowamark
It wasn’t just “mocking a public official.” The twitter account originally pretended to be the actual mayor.

So Tina Fey can be arrested for pretending to be the governor of Alaska?

11 posted on 04/19/2014 8:16:54 AM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: Leaning Right

More of Obama’s Brown Shirt squad at work. Not only should the mayor be impeached over this but also the stupid judge who signed the search warrant. Neither one has ever heard of the 1st Amendment. Apparently it doesn’t “Play in Peoria”.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 8:17:37 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: iowamark
It wasn’t just “mocking a public official.” The twitter account originally pretended to be the actual mayor.

Correct. But that is not a crime in Illinois! And the mayor and especially the judge had to have known that. So why then was there a raid? The mayor was angry that he was being mocked. No other reason.

13 posted on 04/19/2014 8:20:21 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: iowamark
It wasn’t just “mocking a public official.” The twitter account originally pretended to be the actual mayor.


Well if could have been worse he could have been a Rodeo Clown pretending to be the Mayor.

14 posted on 04/19/2014 8:20:24 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Leaning Right
It's just lucky for the citizen that he wasn't wearing an Obama mask when the raid occurred.

Maybe he should've been. I don't recall anyone getting their home raided and arrested for wearing an Obama mask.

15 posted on 04/19/2014 8:20:37 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Leaning Right
Correct. But that is not a crime in Illinois! And the mayor and especially the judge had to have known that. So why then was there a raid? The mayor was angry that he was being mocked. No other reason.

It's stuff like this that makes me appreciate having a powerful ACLU.

16 posted on 04/19/2014 8:22:38 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
I don't recall anyone getting their home raided and arrested for wearing an Obama mask.

Just be patient.

17 posted on 04/19/2014 8:24:39 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: EricT.

*ZING*!


18 posted on 04/19/2014 8:25:33 AM PDT by gibsosa
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To: Delta Dawn
A federal team is said to be approaching Peoria as we speak

developing!


19 posted on 04/19/2014 8:30:56 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Leaning Right

please.....see above


20 posted on 04/19/2014 8:31:29 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Leaning Right

Don’t mock the party comrade, because we’re watching, and waiting for you
to slip up. When you do, we’ll make you regret it!

Yours truly,
The mayor.


21 posted on 04/19/2014 8:33:48 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Leaning Right

PEORIA — Not long after learning about the parody Twitter account @Peoriamayor, the city’s real mayor, Jim Ardis, told police he wanted to find out who was publishing sometimes vulgar messages there, according to a search warrant filed Thursday.

The warrant, filed in Peoria County Circuit Court, details a two- to three-week process whereby Peoria police tracked down the location of the Internet address used for the account as well as the identity of the person who paid for the Web access.

Two judges signed off on warrants to get information from Twitter and Comcast. Another judge approved a Tuesday afternoon raid of 1220 N. University St., which led to one arrest for marijuana possession but no charges related to the Twitter account or any of the posts.

Jacob Elliott, 36, of the University Street address, was held on $3,000 bond for marijuana possession. Elliott, who has no criminal record, was released from Peoria County Jail on Thursday. His next court date is May 15 for a preliminary hearing.

According to the charge, Elliott was accused of possessing between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. No mention was made during his five-minute hearing Thursday about the Twitter account.

Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140417/News/140419023#ixzz2zLZZVw5R

**************** I am blaming this on demon marijuana!!!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 04/19/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Leaning Right

already had been suspended for several weeks>>>>>>>>

But the idiot child mayor still wanted the evil evil evil dastardly perpetrator brought to justice!!!!!

I’ll bet this is one of those cities who refuse to coopretae with the Feds on crminal illegal aliens because the police are already “too burdened as is”


23 posted on 04/19/2014 8:39:27 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Its part of Americana, impersonating and mocking public officials.

Look where it got Steve Bridges...

24 posted on 04/19/2014 8:40:57 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: iowamark
It wasn’t just “mocking a public official.” The twitter account originally pretended to be the actual mayor.

Not a crime unless it was for monetary gain.

25 posted on 04/19/2014 9:03:01 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: Leaning Right

he just created a new facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayor-Jim-Ardis/1391226241098108


26 posted on 04/19/2014 9:15:24 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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he just created a new facebook page

A great avatar of "the mayor" on the new facebook page.

27 posted on 04/19/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT by TYVets
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To: Leaning Right

Lawyer up and sue the mayor, the arresting officers, whoever executed the warrant and the village of Peoria. This just won’t sell in Peoria.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 6:23:20 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: dennisw

Between 30 and 500 grams? They certainly narrowed it down. Time to go into mocking overdrive.


29 posted on 04/21/2014 6:25:56 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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