Personally I thought all the Occupy movement people had headed home to warmer and more comfortable living conditions but it seems that there are still some hold outs, or at least there was until the police in Oakland decided they had had enough fun and games, at which point they started getting a little rough.
Okay a little rougher than normal but in the last couple of weeks over 300 Occupy Oakland protesters have found themselves being arrested. Needless to say this action also brought with it an increasing number of reports of police using excessive force.
It should be no surprise then that this abusive use of police power caught the attention of the hactivist group Anonymous, the unspoken police force of the Occupy movement, who decided that they needed to level the playing field by releasing the private information of several city officials who Anonymous believed played a part in the allowing of the police to use excessive force.
The following city officials had their date of birth, address, private phone number, salary, social media accounts posted to the web:
Mayor Jean Quan and her husband
City Administrator Deanna Santana
Police Chief Howard Jordan
City Attorney Barbara Parker
All city council members with the exception of one
It seems that Anonymous decided that the private information of City Council member Rebecca Kaplan didn’t need to be release due to her being a ‘true leader in the community’. They only revealed her public phone number.
As usual all the released information is available on PasteBin but the group also put out this video.
Here is the transcript courtesy of Techie-Buzz:
Anonymous has been watching. Since the inception of Occupy Oakland, We have been actively monitoring your behavior, and exposing the identities and sensitive information of Officers of the Oakland Police Department; as they have continued to act in an unprofessional and violent manner. You tear gassed Us. You shot Us with your weapons. You arrested Us. You beat Us. You also did this to Our Friends, and to Our Families. We watched as you cut budgets, cut Our jobs, closed Our schools, Our parks, and Our libraries, while leaving your own salaries alone. We laughed in disgust as Deanna Santana said she would need to speak to her attorney before discussing her pay cut. The people on this list are supposed to represent the best of what the City of Oakland has to offer. If they are the best, why is there so much trouble within the Police Department, and in the City of Oakland?
We are shocked and disgusted by your behavior. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people again, think twice.
You should have expected Us.