The Anonymous hacker group released the name of the Ferguson police officer today who fatally shot Michael Brown on Saturday.
This is the second attempt by Anonymous to identify the officer.
The New York Times reported:
After a fifth night of unrest in this St. Louis suburb, a group identifying itself as Anonymous, the computer hacking collective, disclosed Thursday what it said was the name of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager on Saturday.
Writing on Twitter, the group said it would publish additional information about the officer — including his photograph — if it did not receive a response from the St. Louis County Police Department, which is overseeing one of the investigations into the death of Michael Brown, 18. Mr. Brown was shot Saturday afternoon while walking from a convenience store with a friend.
The name of the officer released by Anonymous could not be immediately confirmed. Calls to the Ferguson police and the St. Louis County police were not returned Thursday morning.
The Ferguson police department has declined to release the name of the officer, citing safety concerns for about the officer and his family after threats were made against him and the department on social media.
BUT IT WAS THE WRONG NAME—
There is no such officer working at the Ferguson police department.
Anonymous released the wrong name of the police officer earlier this week and an innocent family was forced into hiding.
— JΞSTΞR ✪ ACTUAL™ (@th3j35t3r) August 13, 2014
So Anonymous is now 0 for 2 in outing the Ferguson cop involved in the shooting.
Nice job, guys.