Police make arrest in Twitter site case in Starkville

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — A Starkville man has been arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer after Starkville police said he had established a fake account on the social media site Twitter.

The Commercial Dispatch reports William Koal McMillan, 19, was arrested on Friday after police said they earlier found the account claiming to be “the official Twitter page of the Starkville Police Department.”

Detectives said they traced the account through his computer’s internet protocol address.

McMillan was released on bond. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Officers said McMillan told them he created the account as part of a research project for a college class.

Although he never identified himself as a Starkville police officer on the Twitter page, McMillan used the official Starkville officers’ shoulder patch as a profile photo and claimed the page was the department’s “official” page, police said.