Listen to Florrisant County dispatch above. Initial reports of Mike Brown’s shooting, comes on in the audio about 11:26.
Who is behind the shadowy Internet hacker collective Anonymous? We have no idea.
All we know if that they are a loose collective of cyber hackers who sometimes step into volatile situations where hacking might make a difference. They were involved in the Steubenville rape case, as much of the evidence was disseminated via social media. They started in 2003, and have also been involved in denial of service attacks on government and corporate websites in the hopes of sabotaging or dismantling governments, agencies or corporations that they feel are harmful or oppressive.
A few years ago, several hackers alleged to be their main crew were arrested and charged with various computer crimes, but apparently some new people have taken their place. Calling their campaign #OpFerguson, the “hactivists” are working toward the cause of justice in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of 18-year-old Mike Brown’s shooting by police this past weekend. Protesters have descended on the small town, and several nights of looting and unrest have followed. Brown was unarmed and an eyewitness says he was shot several times even after his hands were up.
Gawker is reporting Anonymous says they plan to publicly identify the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed Brown over the weekend. They have already released audio that purports to be of the police radio on the night of the day of the shooting.
Ferguson Police Chief Jon Belmar has refused to divulge over fears for the officer’s safety. Belmar has been specifically targed by the group who is alleging some shady goings-on in the department as well as Belmar’s personal life.