Anonymous At War With Denver Police (Again)
Anonymous is at it again, this time in response to the recent disputed police killing of Paul Castaway, a Denver resident and member of the Lakota Indian tribe.
The man’s mother called police to ask that her son receive some help because he had been having an episode of mental distress, but when officers arrived on the scene they instead shot him to death, initially claiming that he had either stabbed his mother or attempted to attack the responding officers. However, footage from the event depicted a man threatening suicide who is then shot to death with no apparent provocation, his dying words reportedly being “What’s wrong with you guys?”
After fatally wounding the man, police placed handcuffs on him. The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police took the media offensive, stating the following on Twitter:
Members of hacktivist group Anonymous took particular exception to these events, which were reminiscent of a recent killing in New Jersey to which the group also reacted with computer-based activism and actions. In both cases, police were not initially forthcoming about what threat the dead man had posed, and later were forced to change their stories as the public viewed the actual events on raw footage.
So far, the group has reportedly dispatched several distributed-denial-of-service attacks against the Fraternal Order of Police website, a mild tactic that may be a sign of things to come. More than once Anonymous has successfully forced the hand of police in a particular direction, and the recently confirmed denial of service attacks are very unlikely the last action they’ll take in this instance.
Here is a video from an earlier Anonymous campaign against Denver police: