A few hours before the media descended on Peoria police headquarters, where Jerry Mitchell was named the department’s newest chief of police, the only man arrested in the unjustified raid of my friends’ home over the city’s most famous Twitter account fought for his rights in a downtown courtroom.
Jake Elliott has been sitting on weed possession charges since Mayor Jim Ardis had former police chief Steve Settingsgaard raid the home Elliott shared with Jon Daniel, creator of @peoriamayor, in April. A judge ruled today that police were in the right in carrying out their search warrant, but will require the Peoria Police Department to justify looking for drugs. Their reasons are already well known: Daniel referenced smoking weed and snorting blow in his tweets, which apparently gave three Peoria County judges everything they needed to sign off on the warrants that allowed cops to tear Elliott’s home apart. (They found only weed.)