Activist group Anonymous vows to avenge Dawson Creek shooting
An RCMP involved shooting in Dawson Creek has sparked a backlash on Twitter from the online international activist group Anonymous.
Anonymous is vowing to avenge what it calls one of its comrades and is asking its 1.5 million followers to protest at RCMP headquarters in every province.
The shooting took place outside the Fixx Urban Grill restaurant at the Stonebridge Hotel on Highway 2 near the outskirts of the city. RCMP were called to a restaurant to reports of a man disrupting and damaging property at a BC Hydro open house on the Site C dam project.
The Independent Investigations Office of BC quickly took over the case.
A new video shot by witness Mike Irmen shows a close up view of the seconds after the victim is brought to the ground by police.
Irmen says the man was shot and killed by officers when he refused to throw away his knife. He continued to clutch the weapon while lying on the ground.
Finally, one officer handcuffed the bleeding man and another grabbed a first aid kit from a patrol car, said, Irmen. The man was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries.
Anonymous claims in an on-line release that the man shot and killed was its fourth member to be slain by security forces around the world in as many years.
Anonymous is also threatening to identify the RCMP officer involved and reveal personal information.
RCMP say they’re aware of Anonymous’ tweets and are reviewing them.
The IIO has also taken notice of the social media posts.
“We are all aware of this and we take all precautions,” said IIO, Kellie Kilpatrick of the post.
The B.C. Coroners Service says it likely won’t release the victim’s identity until Monday at the earliest.
Police won’t say if the victim has a connection to Anonymous.
B.C. watchdog investigating two police killings
Meanwhile, British Columbia’s police watchdog is investigating its second police shooting in three days after officers killed a distressed man in Surrey early Saturday, sparking alarm from civil liberties advocates.
The IIO said police responded to reports of a suicidal man outside Surrey RCMP headquarters before a struggle ensued and he was fatally shot.
A police officer suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital.
The incident follows Thursday evenings fatal RCMP shooting in Dawson Creek.
One day after the hacker group Anonymous vowed to “avenge one of our own,” the RCMP’s website has crashed.
A Twitter account associated with the global activist group has posted photos showing the Dawson Creek RCMP website server status listed as ‘down.’