Anonymous has set its sights on a California police officer for criticizing and (allegedly) threatening the group over a recent hack attack against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) website.
"Get those hacking (expletive)," Richmond police Sgt. Mike Rood tweeted to to UFC President Dana White.
"I'm a cop in the bay area CA... [And] I would go at them with both guns!"
Hacktivists and Anonymous supporters say they perceive the tweet as a "criminal threat," and are calling for the Richmond police department to discipline Rood ASAP.
"In his tweet, he expresses his desire to use firearms to deal with problematic people," a number of individuals wrote in an apparent form letter posted on the Contra Costa Times' Facebook page.
"I fear for the safety of the citizens of Richmond after seeing such irresponsible action displayed by one of its very own police officers."
Although Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan would not confirm the identity of the officer in question, he did confirm the department had received a slew of complaints on Monday evening.
"We are well aware of the response people have had to the situation," Gagan told the Contra Costa Times. "We are opening an investigation, and we will get to the bottom of it. If there were policy violations, we will deal with it appropriately."
As TG Daily previously reported, Anonymous recently pwned and owned the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) chief after he compared cyber activists to terrorists on Twitter and voiced support for SOPA.
"@YourAnonNews I love the Internet. It helped us grow our biz. Stealing is stealing! And hacking into people's shit is terrorism," Dana White tweeted.
"And yes cowards hide on the Internet! At least I'm man enough to say all my shit in public and not hide behind a screen name!! Listen if you guys want to change the world, good for you! Just don't steal my shit."
In response to White's Twitter rant, Anonymous unceremoniously doxed the UFC chief, publishing his personal info, including Social Security number, cellphone number, address and residential geographical coordinates.
The UFC's website was also hacked a number of times, with Anonymous logos briefly appearing on the page and a traffic redirect temporarily enforced.