MANTECA, CA - Hackers threatened to take down the Manteca police website if they don't remove an officer from the force.
The hackers posted a YouTube video calling the 2011 officer-involved shooting of Ernesto Duenez Jr. unjustified and they're demanding action.
Two weeks ago, the Duenez Family attorney posted a shocking and graphic video on YouTube showing Manteca Police Officer John Moody shooting to death parolee Ernesto Duenez Jr. outside of a friend's home in June 2011. The video came from the officer's patrol car dashboard camera.
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The San Joaquin County District Attorney recently ruled the shooting justified.
The video has since been copied and shared several times. The Duenez Family said new supporters from around the country have offered to help protest his death.
On Dec. 18, website hackers posted a new video demanding the removal of Moody from the force or have the police website hacked. The Duenez Family said they're not behind the threat.
"We don't even know who they are," said Reyna Duenez, sister of Ernesto. "I never heard of Anonymous until yesterday. They're voicing their opinion and that's their right, but we don't condone anything that's illegal."
No one from the Manteca police would comment on the threat. A look at the department's website shows there's not much to hack into.
The website still lists former Captain Rex Osborn, but he retired two years ago. When News10 called Osborn, he said it hasn't been updated in awhile and the contact information listed for him is no longer in use. The Manteca police website mostly offers phone lists and links to other city departments.
The Duenez Family said the appreciate the new support their case is receiving, but wants protests to remain peaceful and legal.
"We appreciate everyone's voices being heard and all the support and love that we've gotten, but we don't condone anything illegal done to the police department," Duenez said. "We want legal action against Officer John Moody; we're not trying to do anything illegal. We want to take the right steps all the way."