Hacker group Anonymous takes down Atlanta Police site and calls for the arrest of the two cops involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks
- The Atlanta Police Department site temporarily went offline on Sunday morning
- The hacking group, Anonymous, claimed responsibility on Twitter
- The group stated that the hacking attack was in response to the killing of Rayshard Brooks who was fatally shot by police on Friday night
- Officers responded to a Wendy’s where he had fallen asleep in his car
- Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired from the force after firing the shots that killed Brooks while Officer Devin Bronsan has been placed on administrative leave
Anonymous the renowned internet hacking group managed to bring down the Atlanta Police Department website early on Sunday morning in the wake of the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks.
The group tweeted their announcement at 8:30am.
‘Anonymous has taken action against Atlanta PD for the execution of #RayshardBrooks. We call for the arrest of the two murderers. No more impunity. #BlackLivesMatter #AtlantaShooting #AtlantaProtests’
The APD’s website was indeed offline for most of Sunday morning and didn’t appear to be back up until around 11:30am.
The Atlanta Police Department site temporarily went offline on Sunday morning. The hacking group, Anonymous, claimed responsibility on Twitter
The group stated that the hacking attack was in response to the killing of Rayshard Brooks who was fatally shot by police on Friday night, pictured above
Brooks was shot dead by Officer Garrett Rolfe in an Atlanta Wendy’s parking lot late Friday night.
Investigators say Brooks, 27, fought with Rolfe and another officer, Devin Brosnan, before taking one of their Tasers, fleeing, and pointing the stun gun at Rolfe as he ran away.
Rolfe was dismissed from the force Saturday after firing the fatal shots that killed Brooks. Brosnan, who didn’t fire, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
Officer Garrett Rolfe (left) was fired from the force after firing the shots that killed Brooks on Friday night, while Officer Devin Bronsan (right), who was also present but did not fire, has been placed on administrative leave
Brooks’ death occurred amid nationwide protests against police brutality, sparked by the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The two fatal incidents have drawn comparisons and outrage in equal measure.
The City of Atlanta’s computer systems have come under attack in the past.
In 2018 a ransomware attack cost the city an estimated $2.7 million according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.