Anonymous said in a media release Sunday morning regarding the alleged Ferguson Police shooting to death of an unarmed youth that it is "time to draw a line in the sand" regarding daily police shootings of young people of color. Anonymous is urging the town's citizens to help prepare for larger protests and has promised police that if they attack any protester, every Ferguson police computer and server will attacked.
"The entire global collective of Anonymous is outraged at this cold blooded murder of a young teen," Anonymous stated in a written statement released Sunday. "Not a week goes by that some young person, usually of minority ethnicity – is slaughtered by murderous police in the USA."
Racism in the United States is at the root of most of its internal human rights abuses.
"For this reason Anonymous will not be satisfied this time, as we have in the past – with simply obtaining justice for this young man and his family," Anonymous stated.
Anonymous specifically addressed Ferguson Police Department and others that might be deployed to the scene as protests increase.
"To the Ferguson Police Department and any other jurisdictions who are deployed to the protests: we are watching you very closely. If you abuse, harass – or harm in any way the protesters in Ferguson, we will take every web based asset of your departments and governments off line.
"That is not a threat, it is a promise. If you attack the protesters, we will attack every server and computer you have."
The police slaying of the unarmed youth on his knees in the street, Michael Brown, 18, has ignited protests Saturday and Sunday in the St. Louis working-class suburb of about 20,000 residents.
Hundreds of people have been gathering at the scene of the shooting to question the police and light candles for Brown, who was planning to begin college classes on Monday.
Mr. Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, held a cardboard sign that said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son.”
“The genesis of this was a physical confrontation,” Chief Belmar told reporters.
Elected officials and advocacy groups have called for a full investigation and questioned the police tactics. Police have acknowledged that Mr. Brown had been unarmed.
Antonio French, a city councilman in St. Louis, was at the scene of Sunday's earlier protests and said over 100 people had gathered, mostly silently standing in groups, some leaving behind teddy bears and balloons to memorialize Mike Brown.
Mr. French said he was unsatisfied with the police department’s explanation of the shooting.
“I find it hard to believe,” he said, adding that he was disappointed with the police response, that further distressed Ferguson residents, members of Mr. Brown’s family and Anonymous.
An eyewitness, Phenix Daniels, who lives across the street from where the alleged murder occurred, said police shot Mike Brown, 17, “at least ten times.” Daniels posted on Facebook a video of the scene shortly after the alleged murder.
“The entire global collective of Anonymous is outraged at this cold blooded murder of a young teen. Not a week goes by that some young person, usually of minority ethnicity – is slaughtered by murderous police in the USA,” the Anonymous statement reads.
Dupré reported earlier Sunday:
“This is the second time in a week that an officer shot dead a black youth.. sending hundreds into the streets to protest and many more expressing their outrage on Twitter in a #Ferguson hashtag campaign. Earlier this week, a white police officer killed an unarmed black youth in an Ohio Walmart."
Multiple witnesses say Michael (Mike) Brown, 18, had no weapon on him, had his hands up in the air, but was shot by authorities multiple times.
Brown was to start college classes Monday.
Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, told KMOV television news reporters at the media conference Sunday morning:
“You took my son away from me. Do you know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate? You know how many black men graduate? Not many.
Because you bring them down to this type of level, where they feel like they don’t got nothing to live for anyway. ‘They’re going to try to take me out anyway.’ ”
Anonymous Full Statement
Sunday morning, Anonymous released its statement about this latest police killing of a black youth, as follows:
A little over 24 hours ago in Ferguson, Missouri – USA the Ferguson Police Department shot an un-armed teen 6 times and killed him. His body was left to lie in a pool of blood in the sweltering heat for hours while the police militarized the area against protesters and attempted to concoct a reasonable story as to why they snatched this innocent students life for no reason. The St. Louis County Sheriff Department even sealed the roads leading to Ferguson in a vain attempt to prevent protesters from reaching the city. His name was Mike Brown, he was 17 – and he would have started college next week. Instead, his family is struggling to come up with funeral costs.
The entire global collective of Anonymous is outraged at this cold blooded murder of a young teen. Not a week goes by that some young person, usually of minority ethnicity – is slaughtered by murderous police in the USA. For this reason Anonymous will not be satisfied this time, as we have in the past – with simply obtaining justice for this young man and his family.
Anonymous demands that the Congressional Representatives and Senators from Missouri introduce legislation entitled “Mike Brown’s Law” that will set strict national standards for police conduct in the USA. We further demand that this new law include specific language to grant the victims of police violence the same rights and prerogatives that are already enjoyed nationwide by the victims of other violent criminals. The Equal Protection clause of the US Constitution demands nothing less.
To the good people of Ferguson, take heart – and take your streets. You are not alone, we will support you in every way possible. Occupy every square inch of your city. Open your homes and help in any way you can the protesters who will come to your city from every part of Missouri and the USA. Businesses and householders that are near protest rallies, open your WiFi routers so that live streamers and other independent journalists can use the Internet connections. Feed each other, keep each other safe – and stay in the streets until we are totally victorious in all our demands.
To the Ferguson Police Department and any other jurisdictions who are deployed to the protests: we are watching you very closely. If you abuse, harass – or harm in any way the protesters in Ferguson we will take every web based asset of your departments and governments off line. That is not a threat, it is a promise. If you attack the protesters, we will attack every server and computer you have. We will dox and release the personal information on every single member of the Ferguson Police Department, as well as any other jurisdiction that participates in the abuse. We will seize all your databases and E-Mail spools and dump them on the Internet. This is your only warning.
The time has come for more than simple justice for these atrocities. The time has come to draw a line in the sand and say “no more dead kids”, no more police killings and beatings. Anonymous is drawing a line in the sand, and that line runs right down the middle of Main Street Ferguson, Missouri. Police impunity ends with the barbaric death of Mike Brown.
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Ferguson residents are urging public support by joining the #Ferguson hashtag campaign.