April 10, 2015

As promised, 'Anonymous' delivers names of officers in New Jersey fatal arrest after ultimatum to police department.

The hacking group that calls itself Anonymous, following through on a video threat, revealed the names of two of the Vineland, N.J., officers involved in a fatal arrest last week, and officials confirmed the names Tuesday.

Chief Timothy Codispoti posted recordings of the 911 call and police dispatches from the arrest of Phillip White on the department's Facebook page. A lawyer representing the three officers involved in the incident confirmed their names, as did the chief, who was cited by

Police used a dog to restrain White, 32, of Vineland, after they said he tried to reach for one of the officers' weapons on March 31.

White's family and a rights activist, citing witnesses, allege that the officers punched and beat White before he was placed in an ambulance for respiratory distress. They also point to a bystander's cellphone video, which they say shows a police dog biting White as he lies on the ground.

On Tuesday, the names, home addresses, and phone numbers of Officers Louis Platania and Jeffrey Travaline were posted on a website that has been used by Anonymous hackers.
Stuart Alterman, who said he has been hired by the police union to represent the three officers, called the release of names by Anonymous "unfortunate," saying the investigation should be allowed to play out.

"To interrupt the flow and to threaten the release of information is tantamount to extortion of law enforcement authorities," Alterman said.

The police chief, according to, said Platania and another officer who responded, Rich Janasiak, have been placed on administrative leave, and that Travaline was only providing assistance.

The chief did not respond to calls and e-mails from The Inquirer seeking comment.

A man who called 911 the day of the incident told a dispatcher that he saw a man in the 100 block of Grape Street acting "crazy."

"He's screaming, I don't know what the hell's wrong with him," the caller said.

At one point, an officer yelled over the radio that the suspect was "trying to grab my gun." A few seconds later, another officer told responding units, "Slow down, he's in cuffs." A dog could be heard barking in the background.

White's family and activist Walter Hudson, who met with the family the day White died, had been calling for police to release the officers' names.

Hudson, chairman of the Salem County-based civil rights group National Awareness Alliance, called the disclosures "the first step toward justice."

But he criticized authorities for waiting until the video from Anonymous to disclose the names. "We shouldn't have to go through those extreme measures," Hudson said.

The video, which lasts two minutes and 21 seconds, demanded that two of the officers be placed on administrative leave, and that the canine officer be fired. The officers were not named in the video.

The video also threatened to hack into the websites of the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office and Vineland Police Department if they did not comply.

"Vineland Police Department and the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office have 24 hours to comply to our demands," a masked figure speaking in a computer-altered voice said in the video, posted Monday with no time stamp. "Or we will release the officers' names involved, including all personal information for each officer."

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae and First Assistant Prosecutor Harold Shapiro said they were aware of the video.

"I can't comment on the authenticity of the video," Webb-McRae said by e-mail Tuesday morning, "but we are taking the threat seriously."



  1. The police are full of it.

    "Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling, and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion."

    As there was no request for money, property or service, how can it be extortion?

    It could be blackmail, but not extortion.

  2. And why again are we paying for this....serve and protect my ass...purge or correct or no longer be employed.