Hacker group Anonymous came through on its promise to target Anaheim police today by publishing not only the home address of Chief John Welters but, more embarrassingly, his MySpace page info.
Lulz? Reacting to clashes between mostly white cops and mostly Latino protesters weary of three officer involved shootings in Disneytown, Anonymous unleashed its own dogs on the Anaheim PD.
And note here that releasing the digital hounds is especially pertinent:
In one of their first confrontations with demonstrators, cops last week released a dog on seemingly harmless men, women and children sitting on grass. We posted TV news video of the dastardly move shortly afterward. (Cops later claimed that the dog accidentally got away).
The Weekly was the first publication on the planet to note that Anonymous planned to react with some kind of cyber attack on the Anaheim PD.
Today the group released a statement that says, in part:
To the police force in Anaheim, CA – we have witnessed your brutality and aggressive methods at stifling freedom of speech. We know about how you executed an unarmed man, shooting him in the back of the head while he was on his knees. We have witnessed you putting innocent women and children in danger, these actions are unforgivable.
We have a feeling this isn't the last we'll hear of what Anonymous is calling #OpAnaheim:
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 26, 2012
Get all your Anaheim news at our sister publication OC Weekly, which is on the story like canine teeth on a Mexican mother.