The hacker group Anonymous has announced that it would take down the Fullerton Police Department's website by noon today if the Orange County city didn't relent to its demands regarding the beating death of homeless Kelly Thomas.
The group announced “Operation Fullerton” Friday in an attempt to get the city and Orange County District Attorney to take action against the six cops who used deadly force against the 37-year-old after being called to the Fullerton Transportation Center July 5 based on reports that someone was breaking into cars.
Here's what Anonymous says it wants:
1) We demand the prosecution of Officers Jay Cicinelli, Kenton Hampton, Manny Ramos, Joe Wolfe, James Blatney, and anyone else involved in the gruesome beating, torture, and murder of Kelly Thomas.
2) We demand the immediate resignation of the Chief of Police in Fullerton, California.
3) We demand that the City of Fullerton immediately pay a lump sum settlement of no less than 5 million dollars to the legal survivors of Kelly Thomas.
ABC7 reported last night that the city was making preparations for the attack. Even so there was speculation that a well-organized move to take down the police department's website could affect its servers on a deeper level and even cause disruptions to the city's 911 system.
And you can expect Anonymous, we now officially launch “Operation Fullerton”. We will begin dismantling the City of Fullerton's interwebz starting tomorrow at high Noon Pacific Time. We will remove from the world wide web the site belonging to the Fullerton Police Department located at https://www.ci.fullerton.ca.us/depts/police – and in addition we will Black Fax and E-Mail Bomb every inbox at the Fullerton City Police Department. This cyber action by Anonymous will be accompanied by a protest on the ground tomorrow.
The beating death has prompted outrage in the Orange County city, with some in the community calling for the police chief and some on the City Council to resign. The chief has taken a leave of absence.