The hacker group Anonymous claims it has released the identity of the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., Saturday.
The group, which also took over the city of Ferguson's websites over the weekend, claims it was able to access the computer systems of the St. Louis County Police Department early Thursday and lift the information the police have refused to disclose.
BREAKING NEWS: We have a name for the officer that murdered #MikeBrown. We just need a bit of time be absolutely sure. #Ferguson— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) August 14, 2014
We don't want to be responsible for someone's life being screwed over.— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) August 14, 2014
After waiting several hours, Anonymous tweeted out the name, which is not repeated here because it has not been confirmed by St. Louis police.
The account promised to release the officer's photo (at 10 a.m. CT), address (at 12 p.m. CT) and the full documents related to the shooting (at 2 p.m. CT) if the St. Louis County Police failed to make an announcement of its own.
WARNING: @stlcountypd by you staying silent, you confirm our name. We're waiting for a response.— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) August 14, 2014
Police are required to release the names of officers involved in incidents like the one that left Brown dead within 72 hours, unless there is a pressing concern. St. Louis County police said they were keeping the officer's name private because he had received death threats, but the lack of transparency, coupled with an official story of the shooting that contradicts eyewitness accounts and a heavy-handed response to protests, has fueled anger.
A recording of the dispatch tapes from August 9, when Brown was killed, were also released this week by the hacktivist group.
Original headline: Anonymous releases identity of officer who killed Mike Brown
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