Man facing jail for ‘making Facebook page that parodied police department’
Anthony Novak could be jailed (Picture: Parma Police Department)
A man could be in serious trouble with the law after allegedly creating a Facebook page that parodied a local police force.
Anthony Novak was arrested and may be charged with disrupting public services (a felony count) after investigators in Cleveland, Ohio, accused him of creating the ‘derogatory’ page on March 2.
Authorities said the 27-year-old, from Pinegrove Avenue, Parma, had made it seem like the posts, which included made up news, were legitimate.
Click to enlarge: Some of the posts from the fake Police Department page (Picture: Facebook)
The force was even forced to issue a statement on its actual Facebook page.
‘The Parma Police Department would like to warn the public that a fake Parma Police Facebook page has been created,’ it said.
‘This matter is currently being investigated by the Parma Police Department and Facebook. This is the Parma Police Department’s official Facebook page.
‘The public should disregard any and all information posted on the fake Facebook account. The individual(s) who created this fake account are not employed by the police department in any capacity and were never authorized to post information on behalf of the department.’
This is the real page
Novak’s lawyer David Brown argued his arrest might raise issues relating to the First Amendment.
He will appear in court tomorrow and a grand jury will ultimately decide if he is charged.
The parody page has been taken down.