The Atlanta Police Department website was temporarily taken down Sunday morning. The hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility and said it was done in response to the police killing of Rayshard Brooks.
The site went down sometime early Sunday morning and was up and running by mid-day, the Atlanta Journal Constitution first reported.
“Anonymous has taken action against Atlanta PD for the execution of #RayshardBrooks, we call for the arrest of the two murderers,” a post on the Anonymous Twitter account said. “No more impunity. #BlackLivesMatter #AtlantaShooting #AtlantaProtests “
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 https://t.co/jpFhU7T8Ij— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 14, 2020
Brooks, a black man, had fallen asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane outside an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant on Friday. Officers woke him up and conducted a sobriety test.
After taking the test, an officer tells Brooks, “I think you’ve had too much to drink to be driving,” and attempts to take him into custody, according to footage obtained by several media outlets. A struggle broke out between Brooks and the officer trying to cuff him, and an officer attempted to tase him.
One officer is heard on camera yelling “He’s got my f—–g Taser!”
Another is then seen drawing his weapon and three gunshots are then heard. The actual shooting is not shown in the footage.
Brooks was rushed to an Atlanta hospital, where he died of his injuries.
The shooting prompted the resignation of Atlanta’s police chief, Erika Shields. Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has said she did not believe there “was a justified use of deadly force.”
The next night, demonstrators took to the street to demand justice for Brooks and the Wendy’s where the shooting took place was burnt to the ground.
Garrett Rolfe, one of the officers involved in the incident, has been fired, while the other officer, Devin Brosnan, has been placed on administrative leave.