Jon Daniel

Peoria settles lawsuit over parody Twitter account

Sep 2, 2015
Tanya Koonce

The City Of Peoria will pay a cash settlement to the man had his home raided after he created a parody Twitter account of Mayor Jim Ardis.  The settlement reached between the City and the American Civil Liberties Union representing Jon Daniel agrees to give Daniel $125,000.  The City Council will vote on the proposed settlement at its meeting next week.

In 2014, Peoria Police raided then 29-year-old Jon Daniel’s home after he was linked to the parody account. 

ACLU suing the City of Peoria

Jun 12, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

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.