Skip to comments.Peoria, Illinois Mayor Orders Police Raid Over Parody Twitter Account
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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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.
Dear RIght Leaning American
I will see what I can do about this after michelle and I have lunch!
Obie Wan Obama
I hope the civil trial ruins the SOB.
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...
I’d change it to @Peeoriamayor and rock on! Even worse!
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.
It wasn’t just “mocking a public official.” The twitter account originally pretended to be the actual mayor.
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.
Its part of Americana, impersonating and mocking public officials.
So Tina Fey can be arrested for pretending to be the governor of Alaska?
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”.
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.
Well if could have been worse he could have been a Rodeo Clown pretending to be the Mayor.
Maybe he should've been. I don't recall anyone getting their home raided and arrested for wearing an Obama mask.
It's stuff like this that makes me appreciate having a powerful ACLU.
Just be patient.
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!
PEORIA Not long after learning about the parody Twitter account @Peoriamayor, the citys 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.
**************** I am blaming this on demon marijuana!!!!!!!!!!
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”
Look where it got Steve Bridges...
Not a crime unless it was for monetary gain.
he just created a new facebook page
A great avatar of "the mayor" on the new facebook page.
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.
Between 30 and 500 grams? They certainly narrowed it down. Time to go into mocking overdrive.
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