Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with new information. It seems that @TheAnonMessage released the incorrect information for the officer. Shortly after releasing the name of the cop Anonymous says murdered unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown, the group followed up with a photo.
St. Louis County PD claims that Willman does not work for them, according to Anonymous–and they may be correct. Bryan Willman is listed as the Communications Supervisor at the Saint Ann Police Department, roughly fifteen minutes away from Ferguson. However, posters under the photo say that Willman’s now-removed Facebook profile indicated that he is with the St. Louis County PD. In keeping with their promise to release a photo, the hacktivists tweeted the following images: Anonymous promises to release Willman’s personal information soon–and, presumably, further proof that he is the shooter. So far, the hacktivists have provided more transparency than the police with the release of the police dispatch audio from the night of Brown’s murder and their mission to expose the name of the officer who shot him. Police initially promised to release the name, but backtracked on that pledge. Stay tuned…
The Ferguson PD told CNN that Anonymous is wrong about the identity of the officer who shot Michael Brown. However, Willman’s Facebook name was changed to Scooby Willman on the 12th. His Facebook page has subsequently been deleted. Shortly after the name change, he discussed not being found with the new name. If Willman is, indeed, not the person who pulled the trigger–who was it?
Anonymous confirmed via another account that the name released by @TheAnonMessage is not the name that was leaked to them. “Op Ferguson is not responsible for the actions of other Anons in the collective. We neither condemn nor condone their actions,” @OpFerguson tweeted. “But we confirm what CNN & the police have stated, the name released does not match the name that was leaked to us by a source.”
“One last time for clarity. Anonymous is not a hierarchy. This Op is not responsible for the actions of other Anons, only our OWN actions,” @OpFerguson added. They do claim, however, to know the shooter’s real identity. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.