Thursday, February 9, 2012
After being hacked last Friday, BPDNews.com came back online at about 2 a.m. this morning.
With rapper KRS-One’s now all-too-familiar “Sound of Da Police” music video intermittently popping up, Boston Police officers satirically discuss the “emotional trauma” they felt after the police department’s website, BPDNews.com, was hacked last Friday, in a light-hearted, video comeback of sorts at the hacking group “Anonymous.” “Normally, I sleep pretty well, but since the site went down, I haven’t slept a wink,” one officer says with a straight face in the YouTube video that was posted on the department’s Facebook page at 11 p.m. Wednesday. Another officer claims to have heard news of the hacking at – where else – Dunkin’ Donuts. A serious-voiced narrator also chimes in: “In the days after the hacking, fans of the page struggled to …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The online group "Anonymous" claimed responsibility for hijacking the site BPDnews.com, which provides information about the police and crimes.
UPDATE: As of 6:00 p.m. Friday, the URL BPDnews.com is routing to the Boston Police Facebook page. ~~~~~ The online protest group "Anonymous" is claiming responsibility for hacking the website of the Boston Police Department. BPDnews.com provides information about the police and news about crimes in Boston neighborhoods. The hackers say in a message on the hacked site "ANONYMOUS HACKS POLICE WEBSITE IN RETALIATION FOR POLICE BRUTALITY AT OWS." The hackers put a video of KRS-One's "Sound of Da Police" on the BPDnews.com homepage. The song compares police officers to plantation overseers during slavery. Here is a link to the Google cache of the site as it looked during the attack. (Hat tip to Universal Hub's Twitter feed for that live link…
Sunday, October 23, 2011
"This is a country that is founded on the idea that civil protest, rightful protest, is something that we guarantee," Coakley said Tuesday. "I hope everyone in Washington will pay attention to this voice of frustration.”
Martha Coakley has been paying close attention to Occupy Boston, and although there have been hundreds of arrests, the protests have appeared to be mostly peaceful - and rightful, she said Tuesday. "This is a country that is founded on the idea that civil protest, rightful protest, is something that we guarantee," Coakley said in a brief interview at City Hall in Medford. "I hope everyone in Washington will pay attention to this voice of frustration.” Coakley, the state's top law enforcement official as Attorney General, said the protests have been "an expression of anger and frustration that seems to be properly channeled." The country has been "turned upside-down by this mortgage crisis," Coakley said, and her office is planning to take …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Boston police arrested more than 100 Occupy Boston protesters early Tuesday morning. Some have criticized their tactics. Was the police action too strong?
Early Tuesday morning, Boston police arrested more than 100 protesters who were involved in Occupy Boston protests in the city. Earlier in the day, about 70 students from Tufts University marched into Boston to join the protests. The arrests came after protesters expanded their tent city from Dewey Square into part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, an area police had asked protesters to stay away from. News reports and videos taken of the arrests document police engaging in what some have called excessive force. What do you think? Were Boston police out of line, or did the protesters get what they deserved?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The protests in Boston.
As Occupy Boston, the child of the national movement Occupy Wall Street, develops, some people have tried to claim it’s disorganized and purposeless. To some extent this is true, but it is a movement that needs no coherent, bullet-point plan; it simply needs to make a point, and it has. Sure, some may say the crowds in Dewey Square aren’t that big and this is just a movement for the purpose of belonging to a movement. Or some may echo the feelings of a comment a jogger yelled as he ran by the Rose Kennedy Greenway yesterday, saying, “get a job,” -- insinuating that protesters are just lazy hippies causing trouble for no reason. The great thing about what is happening, not only here in Boston, but in New York and other cities as well, is…