The hacker group Anonymous warned this week that it would go after the Hawthorne Police Department to retaliate for the officer-involved shooting of a dog caught on tape. And now it appears that the city's site has been down since at least Monday.
Both the city's main page and the department's own sub-site appeared to be inaccessible today. This as police revealed a second video they say shows that the officer who opened fire did the right thing:
The video, a police spokesman told ABC Los Angeles, “pretty much shows that there wasn't anything else that the officer could have done.”
The new video was released over the holiday as the department has received threats over its actions last Sunday.
Police Chief Robert Fager said in a statement that “this Department truly feels in the loss of the Rottweiler dog 'Max.'” He noted that many of his officers are so-called dog people.
But he went on to decry those who have misidentified the officers involved and issued threats against the department via social media:
… In the midst of this social media response, fallacies are being perpetuated and outright criminal threats are being made. In the public forum of various websites, Department employees have been mis-identified as the officer who shot. This has led to criminal threats of harm directed not only at City employees, but also at similarly-named public citizens who just happen to live and work in our surrounding region. This is intrinsically wrong in every way and unfairly detracts from the others who have professionally communicated with us.
Even the dog owner who was arrested for allegedly interfering with police, Leon Rosby, has gone on-the-record to encourage people to stop threatening cops:
Stop threatening them and their families. All police officers are not bad.
The shooting remained under investigation.