WOODSTOCK – An international hacker group caught wind of an ongoing scandal at the Woodstock Police Department and have started a Twitter campaign to get a sergeant fired.
On its Twitter page, Anonymous is asking its 1.8 million followers to call City Hall, and the Woodstock Police Department and demand that Sgt. Chip Amati be fired or charged with a crime.
Amati, a 24-year-year veteran of the department, was given a 30-day suspension after allegations emerged that he sent an inappropriate text message to a 12-year-old girl, and misused police equipment.
One text asked the 12-year-old to send “sexy pictures,” according to earlier reports. State Police also found Amati had misused LEADS – Law Enforcement Agencies Data System – to check the background of the girl's mother, whom he had been dating.
Amati never was criminally charged with any wrongdoing.
Tweets from Anonymous and its followers have posted the phone number for City Hall and the Police Department.
City Manager Roscoe Stelford said that by 11 a.m. City Hall had fielded about 50 phone calls from all over the country.
Police Chief Robert Lowen wasn't immediately available for comment.