LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's glowing review of police performance during last week's raid of Occupy LA hasn't convinced everyone.
The hacker group @CabinCr3w sent out a Twitter message Dec. 5 that police said provided information on officers' backgrounds, home addresses, campaign contributions, property records, and in some cases, the names of family members, including children.
Police initially said the list included 25 members of the LAPD, but a review by KPCC showed that 44 officers had information posted on them that ranged from minimal information such as an email address or their rank, to more personal details including family members names, a person's online resume, home values and phone number.
"It all comes from those [LAPD] actions, and how the protesters are now being treated like criminals for practicing a fundamental right," the hacker tells KPCC.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith had this to say about the raid on Occupy LA, "There's always going to be one or two people who are upset about something, but gosh, we gave everybody a chance to disperse. We begged people to clear the Occupy area so we didn't have to arrest anybody." According to one of the arrested occupiers, Family Guy writer Patrick Meighan, gosh and golly that just wasn't the case.
The LA Weekly Blog also reports:
There's been an amusing back-and-forth this morning between @LAMurderCop and @MotormouthNews, which identifies itself as another @CabinCr3w account.
Here's a snippet from that Twitter exchange:
LaBarbera: "going to Work now u know job, employment, contributing to society. Man up. N call anytime."
Motormouth: "violating peoples right? police brutality? yeah good job, you know employment, taking away from society."
Also this note:
It should be said that all through the midnight raid, LaBarbera and a few of his buddies on the force (namely, Paul Vernon) were ridiculing and making fun of the arrested protesters on Twitter. We would know; we were completely glued to the conversation. Cop humor -- somehow even more fascinating in 140 characters or less!
Also worth noting that 40 LAPD officers - some of them retired - had absolutely nothing to do with the Occupy LA raid, according to both the LA Weekly and KPCC. I can't bring myself to be okay with any action that could potentially inflict any harm on completely innocent persons.