An international activist group that poses online as Anonymous is claiming it was one of their own shot and killed by police in Dawson Creek.
On social media and via a press release Anonymous claims the RCMP shot and killed a masked member of the group without provocation or cause.
The group is threatening to “avenge” the death by identifying the police officers involved and releasing information about them online.
It wants the RCMP if it does not receive justice then “rest assured there will be revenge.”
BC’s Independent Investigations office is investigating the shooting.
It confirms a knife was recovered at the scene.
On Thursday night police responded to a call of a man causing a disturbance inside a Site-C public meeting but they then fatally shot a different man outside the event.
Police say the man was wearing a mask, and on social media there are claims it was the Guy Fawkes mask used by Anonymous, a mask most recently well known for being used in the movie
‘V for Vendetta.’
Well that didn’t take long.
After threatening revenge for the fatal RCMP involved shooting of what the group claims is one of their own members they apparently have launched an online attack.
The RCMP’s Dawson Creek website is down at the moment as is the national RCMP website and on social media Anonymous is taking responsibility.
It is also taunting the police tweeting “have you tried turning your computer off and back on again?”
In an emailed statement to CKNW, Anonymous alleges the victim of the Dawson Creek shooting was protesting in a mask when he was shot.
They claim the man was First Nations.
The group says after they release the name of the victim, the officer responsible “will be dealt with.”
They were vague in describing what further actions will be taken….However they did say “The RCMP should prepare to begin using carrier pigeons and motorcycle messages again,” suggesting further cyber attacks.
Followed by a tweet reading so it begins.