Anonymous shut down City of Cleveland website over death of 12 year Temir Rice due to police shooting

#TangoDown Anonymous shut down City of Cleveland Police website over 12 year old teens death due to police shooting

The Hacktivist collective Anonymous have launched an attack on the official site for the City of Cleveland after 12-year-old boy named Temir Rice was shot dead by local police for carrying a BB gun.  The website of City of Cleveland is still not opening at the time of writing this article after the Anonymous offensive which they call #TangoDown.

Anonymous blamed the lack of proper training to the Cleveland police officers for the death of the 12 year old boys death.  In a video released by the Anonymous, they have lambasted the Cleveland City Police for the young boys loss of life. In a statement, the Anonymous stated that,

“This rookie officer apparently was not trained. The police department he works for is to blame for this lack of appropriate training. Officers are equipped with many non-lethal options such as Taser guns. Why did he not use a Taser on this child? Shooting him in cold blood was not necessary with these non-lethal options available.”

The Anonymous also questioned whether the police were so “moronic” that they were unable to use anything other than lethal force to deescalate the situation. The called the justification that the police “feared for their lives” ludicrous, as Rice was only 12-years-old and armed with an air soft gun. The message concluded with a vow to target all municipalities whose “ignorant” and poorly-trained officers pose a threat to society.

“Police of the United States you will learn in due time once Anonymous has shut down your sites that we will not stand for your ignorant, untrained rookie cops.”

On Monday, Twitter was awash with the hashtag #TangoDown, the telltale sign of an Anonymous-affiliated attack. Many of the tweets provided links to the official site for the city of Cleveland, which was inaccessible at the time of writing.

Temir Rice

Rice was shot at around 3:30pm local time on Saturday, at Cleveland’s Cudell Rec Center after police responded to a distress call about a male allegedly threatening people nearby with a gun. The individual who called in called 911 had told dispatchers the boy was on a swing set and was scaring people with a pistol that was “probably fake.” According to Cleveland police statement, upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands.

“The suspect did not comply with the officers’ orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso,” the statement reads. The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association told The Associated Press, however, that the officers responding to the incident were not told the caller believed the gun was not real.

The Cleveland Police administration has reportedly swung into action post Temir Rice’s death. Reports stated that the two officers who are believed to have shot Temir have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.  Rice, who was shot twice in the stomach, died of his wounds on Sunday.


A video released by the Anonymous denouncing the police barbarity in shooting the 12 year old boy is given below:

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