After members of a Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan circulated fliers threatening to use “lethal force” against Ferguson protesters, the hacker activist group Anonymous has begun publishing names of KKK members on social media, UPI reports.
The incident comes as a nation anxiously awaits a grand jury decision in the police shooting case that has divided some Americans along racial and political lines. Protests—sometimes violent—erupted after Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teen, was gunned down Aug. 9 by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is White, after a dispute.
The KKK recently began disseminating fliers threatening to lethal force against protesters, who continue to demonstrate against racial profiling and police violence against Blacks, according to Vice News. “You have been warned by the Ku Klux Klan,” the flier states. Anonymous responded to the threat by releasing the names of Klan members this weekend.
Along with posting names on their own social media accounts, the hackers have taken over the Klu Klux Klan’s Twitter account, @KuKluxKlanUSA. “Under anon control as of 16 NOV 2014 09:11:47. You should’ve expected us,” the account’s description now reads.
Before the account was taken over, KKK members claimed they were not worried about threats from Anonymous.