THIS is one reason I am glad I no longer live within the boundaries of the City of Peoria:
Everybody remembers the time Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, had his police raid a guy’s house because the guy was impersonating him in a Twitter parody account, right? The news went nice and viral last summer after police confiscated the guy’s computer equipment, iPhones, and Xboxes and charged another person at the home with possession of marijuana.
The victim, by which I mean Twitter account owner Jon Daniel, not Ardis, did not ultimately face any charges because he did not break any actual laws. Ardis did not pursue a route of contrition, but rather doubled down over the whole thing when the story went wide, insisting that his “freedom of speech” had been taken away by the parody online version of him.
With the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Daniel has filed a federal suit against the city of Peoria, claiming his civil rights were violated by the raid. Arguments in the case are scheduled to kick off today in Peoria.
Lord, spare us the experience of living in a town where the mayor get’s all weepy and butt hurt over someone making fun of him.
The city is going to loose this case.