Activists and hacktivists seeking justice for Phillip White put pressure on government for transparency.
Anonymous—an affinity group known for its cyber activism towards governments who they perceive as corrupt—yesterday posted a video to YouTube that warned the Vineland Police Department of an impending hacking if they refuse to release the names of the officers who forcefully arrested Mr. Phillip White on March 31st, 2015.
Also yesterday, Mr. Walter Hudson, who was requested by Mr. White’s mother to obtain answers and justice, sent a letter to Ms. Jennifer Webb-McCrae in the Office of the Cumberland County Prosecutor and demanded that she turn the investigation over to the New Jersey State Attorney General.
Ms. Webb-McCrae, and her colleagues in the Office of the Cumberland County Prosecutor, will see their privacy jeopardized regardless of whether or not they comply with the demands of Mr. Hudson, Chairman, National Awareness Alliance.
According to the more than two minute video that’s been viewed roughly 61,000 times, Anonymous threatened to release names and personal information of the “Cumberland County Prosecutor to the last member hired by the Vineland Police Department” every hour until demands are met, starting today.
A piece of personal information has already been obtained by Mr. Hudson, who suggested in his letter that part of the reason he’s requesting an independent investigation is because Ms. Pam White, the mother of the deceased, claims that she, Ms. Webb-McCrae, and Bridgeton mayor, Mr. Albert Kelly, have all attended the same church at one point in time.
“We have no faith or trust that your office will be objective in conducting a fair and impartial investigation in seeking the truth as to how and why Phillip White died in the custody of Vineland, NJ Police Department,” Mr. Hudson writes in his letter.
Though Mr. Hudson and Anonymous, who aren’t coordinating on this case, both want the name of the arresting officers released, the loosely associated network of activists and hacktivists also want the officers put on paid administrative leave, as well as the name of the K9 officer that released his police dog on Mr. White and all dash-cam footage pertaining to the investigation.
Anonymous said it was “absolute grotesque behavior displayed by the police department,” while Mr. Hudson, in a prior interview with Techbook Online, alluded to the actions of Vineland police as another day at the office.
“South Jersey is like Selma,” he said, unapologetically.
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