A Bloomington man wants the city’s mayor to stop calling him crazy. Bruce Meeks on Thursday appeared on Cities 92.9’s Morning Buzz with Tom Davis announcing he had sent a letter to Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner asking that the mayor stop defaming him. City leaders in Bloomington this week admonished the mayor for how he’s handled Meeks’ frequent criticism of city hall. Specifically, Meeks’ letter states that he wants the mayor to stop calling him crazy and to stop saying that Meeks has been suing the city for years. Meeks says neither are true.
Here is the letter:
October 25, 2017
RE: CEASE AND DESIST – DEFAMATION
2 Sable Way Court
Bloomington, IL 61701
Dear Mr. Renner
It has come to my attention again that you have been spreading factually incorrect, misleading and malicious misinformation regarding my character, behavior, social interactions, business transactions. This constitutes defamation against my reputation, and I demand that you cease and desist these slanderous and libelous statements immediately.
Please note that defamation is defined as negative remarks concerning my character, behavior, or other aspects that are spoken or written to another person or persons and that you know (or ought to know) are false. Just one of many of your defamatory statements are as follows:
From the Pantagraph newspaper you are quoted “not the fact that I would have sent an email to somebody who has been suing us for five years and calling him crazy.”
If you do not cease and desist immediately, I will be forced to take appropriate legal action against you and the City of Bloomington and will seek all available damages and remedies.
Please respond within 1 day to acknowledge that you have received this letter via a third party and that you have complied with the directive for immediate cessation of defamation.
I do not want any contact from you in person, by phone, USPS or email effective immediately. If you wish to communicate it must be via a third party. If you violate this request for no contact I will seek a civil order.
Citizen Bruce J. Meeks