Despite Hackers, Chief Won’t ID Cop in Shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager says cyber-attacks on his city’s website won’t sway him into publicly releasing the officer’s name.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wednesday that someone burrowed into the website and shut it down for much of Monday, two days after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
An anonymous global group of hackers had pledged to create mischief with Ferguson’s city computers if the name wasn’t released. But Jackson says the officer has received numerous death threats, and the chief worries that disclosing his name would endanger the officer.
Brown’s death has drawn protests, a night of looting in Ferguson, and calls for Jackson to release the officer’s name. The officer is on administrative leave.