ACLU plans to file lawsuit over Twitter raid

By WEEK Producer

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Lawyers are now involved in the Twitter controversy in Peoria.

The fake account @peoriamayor was first noticed by city staff in March.

It was then taken down by Twitter at the city's request.

In April, police searched the house where the Twitter account originated but the State's Attorney decided the creator, Jon Daniel, would not be charged for impersonating a public figure.

Now the city, the mayor and the Peoria Police Department could face legal action.

The Illinois American Civil Liberties Union plans to file a lawsuit in federal court with the next week or two on behalf of Daniel.

They allege officials violated his first and fourth amendment rights and call it an abuse of power.

"What we really desire out of this lawsuit is to hold the government accountable for these activities, to hold them accountable for the way in which they acted with reckless disregard to Mister Daniel's first amendment rights,” said Ed Yohnka of the Illinois ACLU.

An ACLU official says damages for trauma would be minimal.

They promise to make Jon Daniel available for interviews with News 25 when the lawsuit is filed.

There is a city council meeting tonight beginning at 6:15 p.m. There we hope to learn more about this developing situation.

News 25’s Audrey Wise will bring you the latest from the meeting tonight on News 25 at 10.

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