Cartoonist Targeted with Criminal Probe for Mocking Renton Police

By Chris Halsne
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News

RENTON, Wash. — The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos.

The “South-Park”-style animations parody everything from officers having sex on duty to certain personnel getting promoted without necessary qualifications. While the city wants to criminalize the cartoons, First Amendment rights advocates say the move is an “extreme abuse of power.”

Only KIRO Team 7 Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne holds a key document that really lays bare the city’s intent. The document was quietly filed in King County Superior Court last week. It’s a search warrant accusing an anonymous cartoon creator, going by the name of Mr. Fiddlesticks, of cyberstalking (RCW 9.61.260). The Renton Police Department and the local prosecutor got a judge to sign off as a way to uncover the name of whoever is behind the parodies. Halsne talked with three nationally respected legal experts who believe the use of the cyberstalking statute is likely stomping on the constitution.

The series of web-based short cartoons feature a mustachioed street cop and a short-haired female bureaucrat. The dry, at times, witty banter between the two touches on some embarrassing insider secrets, some of which seem to match up with internal affairs investigations on file within Renton PD.


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These are a series of nine cartoons created by an anonymous “Mr. Fiddlesticks” — most likely a Renton Police Department employee — that the Renton PD claims amount to cyberstalking because of their “harassing and embarrassing” nature.


3 responses to “Cartoonist Targeted with Criminal Probe for Mocking Renton Police

  1. what’s amazing is how absolutely fucking stupid the Renton Prosecutor and cops are … they have drawn international attention to their corruption by so openly violating someone’s human rights.

    No one even heard of Mr Fiddlesticks until the DA decided to prosecute him.

    The goons also reveal how thoroughly fascist they are that they can’t even see how unconstitutional it is to censor political speech.

  2. Bullying retaliation seems to be a reflex with them. The exposure is a very good thing. But meanwhile, arrests for photgraphing police activities etc continue to mount across the country…..

  3. “The best way to expose a dictatorship is to force it to act like one…” – Mike Rivero

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