A group claiming to be the activist hacker group Anonymous targeted a Cincinnati police department Sunday by releasing personal information of police officers.
The group posted a video to YouTube Sunday claiming Wednesday’s fatal police shooting of Paul Gaston was murder, Cincinnati.com reports. With the video, the group posted a link to the personal information of 52 Cincinnati Police Department employees.
The personal information included names, addresses, social media accounts and email addresses. The information was reportedly taken down early Monday morning.
“When their addresses are put out in the public, that’s a concern,” Fraternal Order of Police president Sgt. Dan Hils told WLWT. “I know that we have a section working on that to try to knock down whenever our addresses are put out in a public place like that and that’s what the police administration is doing about this.”
The hacker video features a person in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls police murderous gangs. The video says the “data dump” of information is payback for the Gaston’s death.
“For far too long we have sat idle by and allowed the gang known as the thin blue line murder citizens of United States without allowing them due process,” the person in the video says through what seems to be a computer voice.
A cell phone video of Gaston’s death shows Gaston on his knees surrounded by police. He starts to obey police commands to go down to the ground. But then he raises back up and appears to reach for his waist, leading officers to open fire, killing him.
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