A group of hackers identifying to itself as Anonymous, has disclosed what they claim to be the name of the officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, 18, last Saturday.
While authorities in Missouri have already placed the officer involved on paid administrative leave, they have yet to release his name to to the public due to safety concerns for him and his family.
While there has always been tension between the local police and Ferguson residents—which consists of a predominantly black community—it has never escalated to this level of extreme hostility until now.
Brown’s shooting which has sparked 5 days of protests and riots in his small suburb of St. Louis, Mo. has also made waves throughout the nation. Many are angry and demand answers. Exactly why did the officer stop Brown? Why was lethal force justified? And lastly, the most disturbing question of all: How many times was Brown shot?
Nightly protests had begun on Saturday.
On Wednesday night, protesters gathered on the streets near the scene of the shooting once again and chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Some protestors threw bricks and some went as far as attempting to set fires. The police retaliated by using tear gas and rubber bullets.
It has been reported that a total of over 50 arrests have been made since Sunday.
Demonstrations are not likely to stop tonight and though the community is still shaken by the event, their need for answers is what’s most important.
“I’ve had enough of being pushed around because of the color of my skin. I’m sick of this police brutality, I’m going to keep coming back here night after night until we get justice,” one protester named Terrell, 18 told Reuters.