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Facebook rejects ad designed to honor a brave Illinois patrol officer who earned an officer of the year award: An Illinois nonprofit, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), wanted to recognize its officer of the year, East Peoria Police Officer, Jeffery BeiberJust the News reported that Beiber survived an intense attack in February after he endured being stabbed in the neck and head. A spokesperson for the ILACP said Beiber was stabbed "multiple times, damaging nerves and hitting an artery, causing the officer to bleed profusely." According to ILACP, Facebook rejected the ad honoring Officer Bieber, claiming that it violated "Facebook Advertising Policies and Guidelines." The platform explained that the ad "may have been rejected because it mentions politicians or is about sensitive social issues that could influence public opinion, how people vote and may impact the outcome of an election or pending legislation." ILACP Executive Director Ed Wojcicki told Just the News that the nonprofit appealed Facebook's decision twice, but each time the platform said it "correctly disapproved" the ad. The ILACP created a petition asking Facebook to allow the ad honoring its brave officer of the year.