Outrageous Hacker Group Declares War on Police, Publishes Officers' Home Addresses
The hacking group "Anonymous" posted a video to YouTube detailing the personal information of 52 Cincinnati Police Department employees, Cincinnati.com reported.
In the three-minute video, titled "Message to Cincinnati Police Department," a masked group member states with a computer-modified voice that the so-called data dump was in response to the recent death of Paul Gaston, who was shot and killed by Cincinnati police officers last week.
The personal data, including names, ages, street addresses, email addresses and social media accounts of the officers, was posted in two links provided with the video. The names and addresses of many of the officers' family members were also published.
"Anonymous" alleges that Cincinnati Police Department officers shot and killed Gaston because he was black. The group said officers did not use lethal force against a white suspect in a similar situation the same day.
Officers fired nine shots at Gaston, 37, after he refused to lie flat on the ground and then raised up, appearing to reach for a weapon from his waistband, police chief Eliot Isaac said.
Following the release of this personal information, Cincinnati's Fraternal Order of Police has said it's doing everything possible to protect officers, their homes and their family members.
"It's outrageous," Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said. "Police officers defend us, keep our way of life, keep us safe."
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