Anonymous Takes On Missouri Town Over 'Daisy's Case'

'Maryville, expect us,' says hacker group

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 15, 2013 7:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sunday saw the publication of a lengthy Kansas City Star investigation into the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman in Maryville, Mo., a case which saw authorities drop charges against a well-connected 17-year-old boy. Now, hackers are taking matters into their own hands, Time reports. "If Maryville won’t defend these young girls, if the police are too cowardly or corrupt to do their jobs, if (the) justice system has abandoned them, then we will have to stand for them," Anonymous says in a video statement. "Mayor Jim Fall, your hands are dirty. Maryville, expect us."

"We demand an immediate investigation into the handling by local authorities of Daisy's case. Why was a suspect, who confessed to a crime, released with no charges? How was video and medical evidence not enough to put one of these football players inside a court room?" the group asks, though it does not specify what it might have planned. Anonymous recently took up the cause of Rehtaeh Parsons, a Canadian victim of alleged sexual assault who eventually killed herself; the group also helped bring attention to the Steubenville case, the Inquisitr and Time note. The group is calling its latest mission #OpMaryville, the Raw Story reports. Click for more on "Daisy's case."

A screen grab from YouTube video featuring Anonymous' warning.
A screen grab from YouTube video featuring Anonymous' warning.   (YouTube)
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