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Peoria Mayor Sends Police to Track Down Twitter Parodist

Politicians can be a thin-skinned bunch. You'd think they'd let insults roll off their backs given how much power they have over the lives and livelihoods of others. But if you have all that power, why bother letting insults roll of your back when you can use that power to disproportionately punish people?

Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him.

As a result, police raided a West Bluff home, seized property, and detained three people for questioning. The Twitter account, @PeoriaMayor, has been suspended. According to the Journal Star, the account had all of 50 posts and an equal number of followers. The Twitter profile apparently did not initially indicate that it was a parody account, but added that label in early March.

http://reason.com/blog/2014/04/18/peoria-mayor-calls-out-pol...



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Buffalo NY Mayor uses FBI to raid his enemies...

Several years ago, somebody went on the internet and explained that Byron Brown, the Buffalo NY Mayor was a homosexual. Within a short time the FBI arrested somebody at their home, after a midnight raid, and took him into custody behind this revelation, and that also that Brown's wife is actually a beard. The mayors son has been arrested for stealing the mayors car, and after hitting a car, leaving the scene. Brown's administration constantly ignores police misconduct, makes racist appointments openly, and is the least transparent governance of any rust belt city in America. So, if your in Illinois, remember it could be worse. Here the arrest itself, the process, is the punishment.

Wow, central Illinois is where I grew up

I was actually born in Peoria. I guess I'm happy to say central Illinois is my FORMER stomping ground.

I guess that's what "Freedom Of Speech" Looks Like In America

I'm amazed (though not really) he actually asked (and was granted!) a search warrant. The court was clearly compromised. Btw, a misdemeanor can carry a penalty of 1 year in jail?!?!?

"Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard said officers were investigating the creator of the Twitter account for false personation of a public official. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail."