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article imageHacking group Anonymous targets pepper-spraying policeman

By Kim I. Hartman     Nov 23, 2011 in World
The hacking group Anonymous has targeted the policeman who pepper-sprayed protesters at UC Davis by posting his personal contact information online, along with an ominous video message that urges supporters to bombard him with emails and phone calls.
The 10 minute video, which has been removed from YouTube and then reposted, warns: "Dear Officer John Pike, we are Anonymous. Your information is now public domain. Expect our full wrath. Anonymous seeks to avenge all protesters. We are going to make you squeal like a pig."
The attack was launched by Anonymous in response to the incident at the Occupy UC Davis protest in which the police lieutenant can be seen dressed in riot gear casually "spraying a stream of bright orange pepper spray into the faces of non-violent protesters who were sitting on the ground with arms linked." Video of the incident has gone viral on YouTube, receiving millions of views in just a few days, creating an angry backlash for university officials.
The incident has "led to the suspension of the college police chief and two police officers, and calls for the chancellor to step down," reports the AFP.
The video, and a shortened version posted on YouTube, provides the telephone number, email address and home address of the police officer.
In the video, Anonymous says that "brutalization of our citizens is both unjust and uncalled for." They call Pike a "coward, and a bully," and warn, "if you or the rest of the UCD Police continue to use mindless violence on peaceful protesters, more severe countermeasures shall follow."
The hacktivists ask that viewers "flood his phones, email and mailbox to voice their anger."
UC Davis police told the New York Daily News that they are aware of the online threats by Anonymous.
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