The international hacker group called “Anonymous” has joined the protest of Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Anonymous calls itself a “hacktivist” organization and has targeted the United States government and large corporations with disruptive tech attacks in the past. In a video posted Sunday, Anonymous threatened to hack the Ferguson police department if any protesters are harmed. The group says they will release personal information from members of the police department and dump it on the internet. Their message in part:
On August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri the 17 year old and unarmed Mike Brown was shot several times and killed by an officer of the Ferguson Police Department. His body was left to lie in a pool of blood in the sweltering heat for hours while 15 police departments militarized the area against protesters, sealed the roads leading to Ferguson in a vain attempt to prevent protesters from reaching the city. The police has clearly crossed a line in the sand.
For this reason Anonymous will not be satisfied this time, as we have in the past – with simply obtaining justice for this young man and his family. Anonymous demands that the Congressional Representatives and Senators from Missouri introduce legislation entitled “Mike Brown’s Law” that will set strict national standards for police conduct and misbehaviour in the USA.
To the good people of Ferguson, take heart – and take your streets. You are not alone, we will support you in every way possible. Occupy every square inch of your city. Demand justice, staying silent today could result in the death of your kid tomorrow.
To the Ferguson Police Department and any other jurisdictions who are deployed to the protests: we are watching you very closely. If you abuse, harass – or harm in any way the protesters in Ferguson we will take every web based asset of your departments and governments off line. That is not a threat, it is a promise. Attacking the protesters will result in the release of personal information on every single member of the Ferguson Police Department, as well as any other jurisdiction that participates in the abuse of this States own law. We will seize all your databases and E-Mail spools and dump them on the Internet. This is your first and last warning.
The time has come for more than simple justice for these atrocities. The time has come to draw a line in the sand. The time has come to bring those to justice, who served to protect us, not kill us.
It was reported Monday by Missouri’s KMOV that the groups did indeed hack the City of Ferguson’s system. According to officials, city emails are currently down but, anticipating the attack, the mayor of Ferguson had all personal information removed from the site Saturday.
Update: Missouri’s KSDK has reported that not only are city email’s down but hackers have disrupted web sites and phone lines across city government. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said in an interview that authorities and police are currently using a “phone chain” to communicate.
1. Mike Brown
Micheal Brown, 18, was unarmed and shot multiple times to death by a police officer in Ferguson, MO outside of an apartment complex. One of the shots fired by the police officer was from inside a car.
2. Renisha McBride
Renisha McBride, 19, was shot in the face while seeking help after a car crash in Dearborn Heights, Michigan in late 2013. Her killer, Theodore Wafer, claimed that he thought McBride was an intruder when he found her on his porch. Wafer was charged with second-degree murder in the death and has yet to stand trial. Read more: http://goo.gl/H3IlQ0
3. Eric Garner
An amateur video showed Eric Garner died after a police officer placed him in a chokehold for selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island. Read more: http://newsone.com/3041018/eric-garners-funeral-it-ends-today/
4. Jonathan Ferrell
Jonathan Ferrell, 24, an unarmed man seeking help after a car crash in late 2013 was shot 10 times by a Charlotte police officer who suspected he claimed that Ferrell charged him. The officer, Randall Kerrick, was indicted on charges of voluntary manslaughter. Kerrick has yet to stand trial. Read more: http://goo.gl/jY8M5L
5. Jordan Davis
In 2012, Jordan Davis - a black 17-year-old - was shot and killed in Florida in an altercation over loud music. In court, his killer Michael Dunn was found guilty of several charges associated with the incident. The jury failed to reach a decision, however, in the first-degree murder charge for Davis’ killing. A re-trial is pending. Read more: http://goo.gl/A3J3vO
6. Kendrick Johnson
17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat in a South Georgia high school in January 2013. An initial autopsy determined it was an accident, that Johnson had suffocated in the mat while trying to retrieve a sneaker. His parents weren't convinced. A second autopsy found that Johnson died from blunt force trauma. The incident is currently under investigation. Read more: http://goo.gl/3Lr6gP
7. Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed in 2012 by a 28-year-old man, George Zimmerman, who claimed to be a part of the neighborhood watch in a Florida gated community. Zimmerman was found not guilty for the murder. Read more: http://goo.gl/NsHG1T
8. Oscar Grant
Oscar Grant, III, 23, was pulled out of a San Francisco-area BART train by police in 2009. Several videos showed Grant laying on the ground with police standing over him. One officer shot him in the back. The officer was found guilty of second degree manslaughter and sentenced to two years, minus time served. His story was the inspiration for the 2013 film "Fruitvale Station." Read more: http://goo.gl/q9IkP0
9. Sean Bell
Sean Bell, 23, was killed by the NYPD in 2006. Officers said they believed Bell and friends were armed when they began shooting into their car. The officers involved were acquitted on all charges. Read more: http://goo.gl/iFOlYC
10. Amadou Diallo
Amadou Diallo, 23, was a Guinean immigrant in who was shot and killed on February 4, 1999 by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers. Officers said they believed he had a gun when he reached for his wallet. Read more: http://goo.gl/kq1RGe
11. Michael Griffith
Michael Griffith, 23, was with friends on December 19, 1986 when their car broke down near the Howard Beach section of New York. They went to a local pizzeria to call for help and were confronted by a group of more than 10 white teens. A fight ensured that led Griffith to run into the street nearby, where he was hit by a car and killed. Read more: http://goo.gl/9y0afA
12. Yusuf Hawkins
Yusuf Hawkins, 16, was fatally shot in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York by a white mob in the summer of 1989. Hawkins and friends were chased and beaten with baseball bats by a mob of 10-30 white teens. Read more: http://goo.gl/NxHiOY
13. Michael Donald
Michael Donald, 20, is often referred to as the last man lynched in the United States. In 1981, his badly beaten body was found hanging from a tree in Mobile, Alabama with his throat slit. The FBI conducted an investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of two Klan members responsible for the murder. Read more: http://goo.gl/KIZ0f7
14. Four Little Girls: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair
14-year-old girls Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair (11,) were killed in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. The case was unsolved until 1977 when a 77-year-old man, Robert Chambliss, was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Read more: http://goo.gl/hn8w8V
15. Emmett Till
Emmett Till, 14, was murdered in the summer of 1955 in Mississippi, while visiting relatives. Tens of thousands of people attended his funeral in Chicago. The murder galvanized black Americans and motivated the Civil Rights Movement. Read more: http://goo.gl/nDQ1pH