CAMPBELL, WI - While this situation hasn't yet erupted in Illinois, just to the north, one law enforcement authority is in hot water over actions he admits taking against a local Tea Party leader.
A feud between Campbell, Wisconsin, Police Chief Tim Kelemen and local Tea Party Leader Greg Luce started last fall, when Luce started organizing protests against Barack Obama on an interstate overpass.
Kelemen worked to persuade the city council to ban overpass signs. In response, Luce urged Tea Party and First Amendment supporters to deluge the chief's phone and email with opposition.
Police Chief Kelemen then began signing up Luce on websites for federal health care, homosexual dating and pornography. Luce responded by filing a federal lawsuit, accusing the police chief of restricting his First Amendment right to free speech and stealing his identity.
The police chief told investigators he "didn't think what he was doing was that big of a deal," but Kelemen was put on paid leave.