Racist Cyber Attack Disrupts Joint Meeting of City Council and Civil and Human Rights Commission

DES MOINES, IOWA – Thursday, May 14, 2020 – The Des Moines City Council and the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission were forced to cancel a video teleconference of tonight’s joint meeting because of an offensive and derogatory cyber attack.

The disruptive racist, sexist and pornographic messages were directed toward members of the City’s Civil and Human Rights Commission. 

“What occurred proves hate and ignorance is alive and well. But I stand steadfast in my resolve to continue to be an agent of change,” said Kameron Middlebrooks, chair of the Civil and Human Rights Commission. “Our commission has started the path to Bridging the Gaps we face in our community and will continue to work cooperatively with Council and Des Moines residents to ensure we drive this hate into the darkness and uplift neighbors with love and equitable policies.”

Both Middlebrooks and Mayor Frank Cownie assured residents the joint meeting will be rescheduled.

“This was a disgusting and sickening display of racial intolerance that we as Des Moines residents and Iowans can never tolerate, never ignore,” said Mayor Frank Cownie. “Those who disrupted with their vile comments have only succeeded in strengthening our objective – this will not impede the steps we’ve made or slow the work that remains in Bridging the Gap in our community.” 

Mayor Frank Cownie said the City will look for ways to improve and strengthen the safety and security of all public meetings. 

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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