ILLINOIS JUDGE RULES POLICE ENTITLED TO SWAT RAID OVER PARODY TWITTER ACCOUNT
Swat team burst into Peoria house looking for source of parody Twitter account that upset town’s mayor
by ED PILKINGTON | THE GUARDIAN | SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
The police hadn’t even come for him. When four fully-armed officers of a Swat team burst into Jacob Elliott’s house in Peoria, Illinois in April they were looking for the source of a parody Twitter feed that had upset the town’s mayor by poking fun at him.
It transpired that one of Elliott’s housemates, Jon Daniel, had created the fake Twitter account, @peoriamayor, and so incensed the real-life official, Jim Ardis, with his make-believe account of drug binges and sex orgies that the police were dispatched. Elliott was just a bystander in the affair, but that didn’t stop the Swat team searching his bedroom, looking under his pillow and in a…