An Illinois man who was raided and arrested last year for creating a parody account of his town’s mayor on Twitter has won $125,000 in a civil rights lawsuit settlement.
Jon Daniel, 30, the man behind a parody Twitter account with the handle @peoriamayor, was accused of “impersonating a public official,” after mayor Jim Ardis became upset about the mockery.
“Im bout to climb the civic center and do some lines on the roof who’s in,” one tweet read. Another questioned, “Who stole my crackpipe?”
Ardis argued that these tweets sounded reasonable enough that it sullied his reputation, as people might not be able to tell the account was fake.
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