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How a mayor’s quest to unmask a foul-mouthed Twitter user blew up in his face


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 12:32 AM

 

When news broke that the mayor of Peoria, Illinois, had called upon his town's police force to shut down a fake Twitter account opened in his name; that local police had responded with search warrants against Twitter, Comcast, and Google; that they had at last raided a local home and seized four iPhones, four computers, two Xbox game consoles, an iPad, and a "large gold gift bag with five sandwich bags containing a green leafy substance;" that the homeowner hadn't created the account but was ultimately suspended from his job as a result of that "green leafy substance;" that Peoria's next city council meeting descended into outright acrimony over the heavy-handedness of the entire episode; and that the entire episode turned out to be a colossal waste of time and resources in which no one but the pot owner was ever charged with a crime—well, that's the moment at which a curious reporter files a public records act request to get a glimpse of how such a trainwreck got underway.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/how-a-mayors-quest-to-unmask-a-foul-mouthed-twitter-user-blew-up-in-his-face/

 

Wow talk about a storm in a tea cup.

 

  “Crackpipe” tweet from parody Twitter account set off police raid

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/crackpipe-tweet-from-parody-twitter-account-set-off-police-raid/


Edited by NickAu1, 16 May 2014 - 12:33 AM.


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