The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Peoria for police actions surrounding a controversial Twitter parody account. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:
The suit says the City violated 29 year-old Jon Daniel’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. Daniel is the creator of the At-Peoria-Mayor account. He says its wrong that police searched his home in April, detained him and his roommates and seized all electronics to find the author of the Twitter account that had already been suspended.“My hope it he federal court will make clear that government officials can not use the power of police to threaten, intimidate and punish simply because they dislike or are offended by being the joke of a parody.”
Daniel says he’s never met the mayor and is not politically active.