Tell District Attorney to Stop Investigating Parody Tweets

Target: Walker County District Attorney David Weeks

Goal: Demand that district attorney stop all investigations into parody tweets of city councilmen

Parodying government officials is as American as apple pie, with late night hosts Conan O’Brien and David Letterman skewering them on a nightly basis. Apparently, it can also be a crime, according to Walker County District Attorney David Weeks, who has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate tweets mocking Huntsville’s local city council. Demand that the investigation be called off, ending the harassment and violation of the tweeters’ First Amendment rights.

A series of mock tweets have been published from several unidentified sources, poking fun at city councilmen from Huntsville, Texas. One made reference to a councilman’s balding head while another stated that a fellow councilman was abusing his powers. These “terrorist” tweets are D.A. Weeks poor excuse to ask the Texas Rangers to run an investigation into possible harassment charges. If we were to adhere to his criteria, every late night talk show host and political pundit would be investigated and probably found guilty of harassment.

The Texas Rangers, an elite police force, are the oldest law enforcement agency in North America and have statewide jurisdiction in the state of Texas. The duties of the Texas Ranger Division consist of conducting criminal and special investigations; apprehending wanted felons suppressing major disturbances; the protection of life and property; and rendering assistance to local law enforcement in suppressing crime and violence. With the D.A.’s recent use of the Texas Rangers to investigate parody tweets, we can now add the abuse of governmental authority and power to their list of duties.

Taxpayer money should not be used to do a witch hunt on private citizens that are excercising their freedom of speech. Please sign the petition below demanding that D.A. Weeks stop his trampling of citizens’ rights to free speech.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear District Attorney David Weeks,

Using the Texas Rangers, an elite police force, to quash parody tweets of local city councilmen is a waste of time, resources, and taxpayer money. Freedom of speech is a protected constitutional right and needs to be upheld, not undermined by the D.A.’s office.

Political debates, discussions and even tweets can get heated and intense, but should never be a crime. Please do not let these satirical tweets get in the way of true justice, such as apprehending and arresting drug lords, murderers and other violent crimimals. Real criminal activity deserves the attention of the great and honorable Texas Rangers, not some 1-2 sentence posts on Twitter mocking local city councilmen.

By infringing on the tweeters’ freedom of speech, you are sending the message to citizens that Texas is a place where tyranny rules. The Texas Rangers are there to protect and serve Texans, not control them. Please stop all further investigation into these tweets and stop harassing your citizens using their own taxpayer money.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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