Two different groups rally over Twittergate

By WEEK Producer

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Before the City Council meeting, two different groups rallied in front of Peoria City Hall showing support and criticism of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis.

This all stems from the Twittergate scandal when police, at the mayor's request, raided the home of a man who created a fake Mayor Ardis Twitter account.

More than 70 people showed signs of support for Mayor Ardis, while protestors say he took the wrong stance.

"I think he's been a wonderful mayor, I think we have a wonderful community that doesn't deserve to have this sort of thing," said supporter of Mayor Ardis, Barbara VanAuken.

"If your concerned of slander then, you have a civil trial, you don't use the police force to raid homes", said Zack Teague, protestor at the rally.

This comes after the American Civil Liberties Union joined forces with the fake Twitter account maker Jon Daniel.

The group is now suing several officials within the City of Peoria for violations of the 1st and 4th Amendments.

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