hackers played NWA’s “Fuck Tha Police” & more over Chicago police scanners
There have been nonstop protests across the country in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis police last week. (Tuesday night there were protests against police brutality and systemic raciscm in every state of the U.S.) Protests take many forms and that includes hacking. Decentralized hacker group Anonymous announced their return over the weekend, posting a video that they do not trust the police department to bring justice to Floyd and were planning on “exposing [their] many crimes to the world.” “You are here to keep order for the people in control,” an Anonymous member in signature Guy Fawkes mask said, speaking to the police, in the video. “Not to provide safety for the people who are being controlled. In fact, you are are the very mechanism that elites use to continue their global system of oppression.” They also tweeted, "If the police can’t restrain themselves and are shooting reporters, kicking protesters, punching protesters, and engaging in violence — how can anyone expect the people to restrain themselves? People are done being brutalised and murdered." You can watch the video below.
Reuters reports that Anonymous have claimed credit for taking a Minneapolis police website offline, while Consequence of Sound notes that Anonymous were credited for playing NWA's "Fuck Tha Police" on Saturday over Chicago Police Department scanners on Saturday not long after Anonymous announced its return.
NWA's classic was not the only song that has been hacked into CPD radios. Tay Zonday's viral hit "Chocolate Rain" was played on Sunday, and Anonymous tweeted today, "Hey @Chicago_Police, remember this song?" Also heard on CPD police scanners: "Rock N' Roll McDonalds" by late Chicago outsider artist and cult hero Wesley Willis, and you can hear what sounds like someone on the scanner ask "Wesley Willis?" You can listen to clips of those songs on CPD police scanners, and listen to the original songs, below.
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