Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Twitter Suspends Anonymous's Account for Posting Photo of a Ferguson Police Officer Twitter Suspends Anonymous's Account for Posting Photo of a Ferguson P...

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Twitter Suspends Anonymous's Account for Posting Photo of a Ferguson Police Officer

The St. Louis County Police Department says the officer pictured is not the one who shot Michael Brown.

+

(ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Twitter suspended an account affiliated with the Internet group Anonymous on Thursday after the group posted a photo claiming to reveal the identity of the police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown over the weekend in Ferguson, Mo.

St. Louis County Police Department denied that the photo belongs to the officer who shot Brown. The department has thus far refused to publicly disclose the identity of the officer who fired at Brown, citing concern for his safety.

 

Twitter declined to comment on the matter, noting its general policy to not discuss individual accounts "for privacy and security reasons."

But a spokesman did point to the site's published rules, which state: "You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission."

Currently, the Anonymous Twitter page simply states that the account has been suspended.

 

Earlier in the week Anonymous, which has a history of politically motivated hacking, demanded that authorities reveal the identity of the officer who shot Brown. On Wednesday, the collective published audio files it claims are police-dispatch and emergency-response tapes related to the shooting.

Large protests have since erupted in Ferguson since Brown's death, with many claiming the shooting was racially motivated. The ensuing police crackdown on the protest has also been controversial, sparking a national debate about the militarization of law enforcement.

Play of the Day: Why Rick Perry Should Avoid The Iowa State Fair
Last night's late-night funnies: Rick Perry is in Iowa, possibly preparing for a 2016 presidential run. But Jimmy Fallon thinks he should avoid the Iowa State Fair if possible.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Love it - first thing I read in the morning."

Amy, VP of Communications

I read the Tech Edge every morning."

Ashley, Senior Media Associate

Sign up form for the newsletter
 
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL