‘Anonymous’ hacker group Anon Verdict has released the personal information of over 27 Montgomery PD officers and their families following the death of a black man by a white officer.
The group released information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of the officers, as well as the names and addresses of their families. The same Anonymous group recently released the information of 52 Cincinnati police officers.
Upon discovery of the individual data dump files and accompanying YouTube video, LEO Affairs contacted the Montgomery, AL Police Investigations unit. Investigators expressed surprise when informed of a YouTube video, though they were aware of the data dumps, which occurred yesterday.
Despite following the arrest and termination of Montgomery Officer Aaron Smith, who is accused of shooting local black man Gregory Gunn, the information was still released, with the threat that if the officer is not indicted, they would release the rest of the department’s officers and employees information.
There has been much speculation that the officer was arrested simply to prevent civil in the historical home of several landmark incidents concerning the Civil Rights movement, including Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The city and state investigators have released very little information on the incident. Initial reports indicated the incident took place that had a recent spike in break-ins, and that Gregory Gunn, the deceased, was carrying some kind of painter’s pole and a struggle ensued with the officer when he attempted to question Gunn.
Montgomery Police are expected to release a public statement shortly concerning the incident. Leo Affairs will update accordingly.
AnonVerdict released the following statement:
“Greetings Montgomery Alabama Police Department, We are Anonymous Anon Verdict.
It has come to our attention that a white officer by the name Aaron Smith, who was on the force less than four years, decided it was good judgment to shoot a 58-year-old black man named Gregory Gunn. He was at his neighbor’s house screaming for help and calling out to his mother as the officer pulled the trigger. He was there playing his regular poker game.
Greg Gunn was well-known and well-loved community man.
We want to be crystal clear that the arrest of this officer means nothing to us unless he is indicted. Since this is the type of officers you hire, we find not only Aaron Smith guilty but your department guilty as well.
As a punishment, we will be data dumping a mere 27 of your officer’s data.
We will continue to watch over you, Montgomery Police Department.
If this officer is not indicted, expect another visit from us and another dump, but next time your whole department will be dumped.
Do not expect us, Montgomery Police Department and the Thin Blue Line. We are already here. Your game is over. We are the judge and the jury. Your games are not welcome in our court. Expect us!”
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