Hyper-Sensitive Illinois Mayor Orders Police Raid Over Parody Twitter Account

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Just yesterday, I wrote a post about how a South Carolina construction worker was fined $525 and lost his job for not paying $0.89 for a drink refill while working at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston. The point was to emphasize how the law comes down with a devastating vengeance when an average citizen commits a minor crime, yet allows the super rich to loot and pillage with zero repercussions. There is now a systemic two-tier justice system operating in these United States, and the result will unquestionably be tyranny if the trend continues unabated.

The latest example of a lowly citizen being subject to a disproportionate use of the law, is Jon Daniel of Peoria, Illinois. Jon was behind a parody Twitter account that mocked Peoria mayor Jim Ardis, and his biggest mistake was not making it clear that it was a parody. As a result, Twitter had already suspended the account weeks ago. Problem solved, right? Wrong.

The tough guy mayor was so offended that a plebe would dare criticize his royal highness that he ordered a police raid on the home of Jon Daniel and his roommates. Peoria native, Justin Glawe wrote an excellent article on the subject for Vice. He writes:

Jon Daniel woke up on Thursday morning to a news crew in his living room, which was a welcome change from the company he had on Tuesday night, when the Peoria, Illinois, police came crashing through the door. The officers tore the 28-year-old’s home apart, seizing electronics and taking several of his roommates in for questioning; one woman who lived there spent three hours in an interrogation room. All for a parody Twitter account.


Yes, the cops raided Daniel’s home because they wanted to find out who was behind @peoriamayor, an account that had been shut down weeks ago by Twitter. When it was active, Daniel used it to portray Jim Ardis, the mayor of Peoria, as a weed-smoking, stripper-loving, Midwestern answer to Rob Ford. The account never had more than 50 followers, and Twitter had killed it because it wasn’t clearly marked as a parody. It was a joke, a lark—but it brought the police to Daniel’s door. The cops even took Daniel and one of his housemates in for in-depth questioning—they showed up at their jobs, cuffed them, and confiscated their phones—because of a bunch of Twitter jokes.


So the police raid on Daniel’s house wasn’t an isolated incident; it was just another case of the cops acting shady—and naturally, many in this town are raising serious questions and concerns over the use of taxpayer resources and manpower to find out who ran @peoriamayor.

Fortunately, this story does have a silver lining. Daniel’s original Twitter account was actually pretty unsuccessful, with only 50 followers by the time it was shut down. Mayor Jim Ardis should’ve just left well enough alone, but he couldn’t do that, and as a result of all the attention this story has received in the blogosphere, new parody accounts have emerged. The most successful one is @NotPeoriaMayor and the avatar is Jim Ardis with a Hitler mustache. See below:

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The best part is this account already has 7x the followers of the other one.

Lesson Learned: Don’t fuck with the Internet.

Full Vice article here.

The LA Times also covered the story, here.

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NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re:  yet allows the super rich to loot and pillage

Just another commy hippy who hates the successful job creators of Merica, and the troops.  

Jumbotron's picture

Keep up with the Police State here.....


The headline right now is this Twitter scandal....hilarious.

max2205's picture

'The internet sure makes it hard to govern': John Kerry

gmrpeabody's picture

Talk about neglecting our infrastructure..., we're gonna need a lot more lampposts.

0z's picture

Well he was stupid enough to be traced back from the Twitter account.
People are killed everyday for much less.

smithcreek's picture

Ya'all should just be happy we live in a country that has so few problems the police have time to track down ne'er-do-wells like this guy.

lakecity55's picture

Don't worry, we have plenty of strong, tall trees.

Colonel Klink's picture

'The internet sure makes it hard to RULE: John Kerry


JLee2027's picture

What crooked Judge signed off on the search warrant? He/She is just as guilty.

Tengri Temujin's picture

Hey they are golf buddies, come on now....

jcpicks's picture

Was this just another Illegal raid and a violation of 4th amendment rights?

I don't see any just cause here, nor issuance of a warrant.

Fuck yourself Ardis...and all of the other self-entitled political assholes just like you.

phoolish's picture

Let me guess, the Mayor & City are "exempt" from lawsuits too.


Emergency Ward's picture

It's called Qualified Immunity -- A license to loot, rape and murder.  Becomes Absolute Immunity after the government lawyers doctor up the language.  All nice and legal like.

McMolotov's picture

I hate Illinois Nazis. Blowbacks's a bitch, Herr Ardis.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

First amendment? We don't need no stinking first amendment.

A Lunatic's picture

He should have set up a '1st, and 4th amendment rights violation cubicle' down the hall from his room prior to the raid.......

McMolotov's picture

Hey looks like Jim tArdis has a ZH account.

(tArdis as in 'tard, by the way, not Dr. Who)

NotApplicable's picture

It's a sad day when someone would downvote that quote.

Rakshas's picture

........ Canada......... not as conservative as it used to be......... as mayors go......



If you can't laugh at your mayors or beat them with a shoe WTF good are they?????

Againstthelie's picture

This politician is part of the establishment, a globalist, a plutocrat and these are enemies of national soureignity. The idea of national souvereignity, Nationalism, is their worst nightmare!

If the sheeple do not recognize, that the same forces that rule today are the ones that were behind WW1 and WW2 and fought Hitler, then everything is hopeless.

Spigot's picture

There are a lot of places I would not want to domocile in these United States, Illinois being pretty damn high on that list.

Colonel Klink's picture

Even Hitler doesn't want to be compared to this douchebag.  Hahaha

StychoKiller's picture

Klink ol' buddy, careful or Major Burkhalter will come visiting soon!

DanDaley's picture

Let's face it, the guy was not in either the designated 1st or 4th Amendment zones, so he got what you get, which in this case is a visit from the gestapo/stazi/kgb/PeoriaPD. Pretty simple, really.

zerozulu's picture

You need iron to cut iron

BlindMonkey's picture

You need irony to cut irony. Fixed it for you!!

Theta_Burn's picture

Thats funny

Hey Ardis you are really a dick...


a growing concern's picture

I smell a nice little lawsuit, paid for by the good citizens of Peoria.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The citizens of Peoria got who they voted for...  Just sayin...

CH1's picture


The essence of rulership is predation... so that's the kind of people who want the job.

Confused's picture

The cops that participated in this should be ashamed of themselves. Can you imagine what the briefing was like? "Yeah, we going to rough up a punk kid, you know the usual." 


Serve and defend. Hahahahaha, who is the questions. 

Gamma735's picture

The cops should be fired, the mayor should be thrown into prison for misuse of his office.  Whilst in prison, the mayor should be made his cellmates girlfriend.

BlindMonkey's picture

If I ever have to go to jail I will see if I can get the twitter handle @NotJimArdis'Anus

Sabibaby's picture

Just imagine if those idiots killed someone during the raid. 

Tengri Temujin's picture

I think that is exactly what the mayor was hoping for to send a REAL message of FEAR into those that dont play by his rules...

Reminds me of North Korea, same kind of stuff happens there...

TheReplacement's picture

The people of Peoria have no excuse now.  They either arm up and unite or they will be intimidated en masse or taken down one by one.

CH1's picture

The cops that participated in this should be ashamed of themselves.

"I was just following orders." Fucking cowards.

cheetahbaby's picture

If you want to experience what a true socialist authoritarian state is, then Illinois is the place for you.  Lived there for 28 years. Only return for funerals....

WAMO556's picture

My grandfather of many years passed on in 1999. He was a ardent Republican voter and voted Republican most of his life. However, since his death, he has strictly voted Democrat....Multiple times in each runoff.

Gotta love Chicago!!!

dexter_morgan's picture

funny.....because it's totally plausible in this state

CH1's picture

It's plausible is more or less all states.

Diebolt for the win!

i_call_you_my_base's picture

"and naturally, many in this town are raising serious questions and concerns over the use of taxpayer resources and manpower"

Yes, that's the big issue here. Christ.

813kml's picture

The sheep have been indoctrinated, they now only care who has to pay (in worthless dollars) for assaults by the Big Bad Wolf.

Rican's picture

"Lesson learned: don't fuck with the internet." 

Yes, this tiny Streisand Effect totally overshadows the illicit use of force to pillage a man's home and detain his loved ones. 363 followers!  Take that, buddy!

813kml's picture

He should feel lucky that the cops didn't plant a microgram of weed in order to really put the screws to him.

Rican's picture

Friends don't let friends toke and surf. 

813kml's picture

Friends don't let friends misinterpret hyperbole.

Rican's picture

Oops, forgot my /sarc tag. Ironically, I was high when I made that post. And this one.

813kml's picture

No prob, I should have assumed it was sarc.

ZH almost made me cry, toke away in the USSA.