The personal information of high-ranking police officers from cities across the country is reportedly leaked online as police collide with rioters and protesters following George Floyd’s death.
The home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of several senior police officers in cities such as Washington, Atlanta, Boston, and New York have been published online, according to an unclassified intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security obtained by the Associated Press.
“At least one of the police commissioners was targeted because of his alleged support for the use of tear gas to spread the protests,” the report said.
Riots and peaceful protests have occurred in metropolitan areas across the country since Floyd’s death in police custody on May 25. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died the white cop who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. time he passed out. His death sparked calls for police reform and evoked memories of other African Americans who have been killed by police in recent years.
Some of the officers’ leaked personal information may already have been public, but some may also come from hacks from their online accounts, according to the report, which then warns that the leaks could lead to attacks by “violent opportunists or domestic violent extremists.” ‘
The clashes between police and protesters in recent weeks have led to several violent interactions that have fueled criticism of the police, including the hospitalization of an elderly man pushed by the Buffalo police.
Meanwhile, some police officials have objected to what they see as unjustified defamation of officers.
“We are depicted as enemies in the press and everywhere, and we want people to know that we take our work seriously, that we are professional and that we act appropriately and honorably most of the time and that is what we do and that becomes not currently depicted in the media and in the world, ”Mike O’Meara, president of the Police Benevolent Association said Wednesday.