ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Tuesday’s protest against the Albuquerque Police Department won’t be the last.
The group “Anonymous,” known for its attacks on banking and government websites, announced it is targeting APD with a cyber protest.
A video posted on Youtube shows the now-viral video of APD’s fatal shooting of James Boyd and calls for people to occupy APD headquarters on Sunday.
“Let them know that your city is not a place for war games against the homeless and the less fortunate,” a computer-generated voice narrates over the video.
A description under the video calls for people to download software to direct a specific threat on two of the city’s websites that same day.
City officials say they’re taking the threat seriously.
“We respect this group,” said Rob Perry, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Albuquerque. “They have an ability to get into high-level, federally protected computer systems, large corporate endeavors in the country and we’re going to do what we can to guard against the problems.”
The city says they’ve contacted the feds and made other preparations in response to the threat.
“We’re putting all our resources to make sure we’re protecting the city’s assets as best we can,” said Peter Ambs, Chief Information Officer for the City of Albuquerque. “If this does come to fruition over the weekend, bear with us and we’ll get things back in order.”