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Police Say Name Released By Anonymous Is Not Michael Brown’s Shooter

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The St. Louis County Police Department says the hacktivist group Anonymous has not released the name of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, but rather named a "random citizen."

Anonymous tweeted the alleged name of the officer Thursday morning. It warned it would also release the officer’s photograph, address and “full documents” if the police department didn’t respond within hours.

The police responded to the claim via Twitter, claiming that the man they named was "not even an officer with Ferguson or St. Louis County PD."

The SLCPD maintains that it will not “release suspect information” until the “investigation is complete and charges have been issued.” Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the release of officer information would risk that officer's life after he has received numerous death threats.

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Anonymous then tweeted the image of the alleged shooter.

The group has pledged to wreak havoc on city computers in the wake of civil unrest over the death of Brown.

Jackson said a hacker “burrowed” into the website and shut it down on Monday, according to CBS St. Louis. He said he is unaware of whether hackers have managed to gather officer data from their system.

The group allegedly obtained audio files of police dispatches through department computers, CNN Money reports.

Anonymous also posted the home address, Social Security number and phone number of St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar Thursday morning.

Sources: CBS St. Louis, CNN Money

Image source: Wikimedia Commons - Justin Ling