Police, FBI investigating after Calvin Goode memorial hacked with racist comments

Police, FBI investigating after Calvin Goode memorial hacked with racist comments
Goode died on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at the age of 93. (Source: AZ Family)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Tuesday’s virtual memorial for Phoenix icon and civil rights leader, Calvin C. Goode, was disrupted by hackers spewing racist comments.

The memorial was held via Zoom at 10 a.m. and streamed on the City of Phoenix’s Facebook page because of COVID-19 concerns. Different members of the church and the City spoke about Goode’s contributions to Phoenix and his service on the City’s council.

While Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego delivered her speech about Goode, a hacker’s voice was suddenly heard talking over her saying vulgar and racist comments including the N-word. The racist comments by the male voice continued as well as other voices saying indistinguishable things for about 30 seconds before the virtual ceremony ended.

Gallego tweeted about the hack, saying she condemns the racist words and that Phoenix police and the FBI are coordinating to investigate the attack. Arizona’s Family has reached out to the City of Phoenix for more information.

Sgt. Maggie Cox with the Phoenix Police Department said after consulting with the FBI, Phoenix PD will be the lead investigator in the case. Phoenix police released the following statement on the hack:

Today, at approximately 10:20 a.m., a virtual funeral service for Vice Mayor Calvin Goode’s was disrupted when unknown persons were heard making derogatory and racial comments. The Phoenix Police Department has been made aware of the incident and after speaking with the FBI the Phoenix Police Department will be the lead investigative agency.

This type of language and disruption is unacceptable and only divides our community. We are committed to working with our community in identifying the person(s) responsible for this act.

If anyone has information regarding this please call police to remain anonymous, call Silent Witness (480)WITNESS or (480)TESTIGO.

Calvin Goode died on Dec. 23 at the age of 93. He served on the Phoenix City Council for 22 years and was known for his civil rights work. He was the second Black person ever elected to the City’s council and also served as Vice Mayor. In 1994, Phoenix renamed a municipal building located at 251 West Washington Street in downtown Phoenix to honor Goode for his decades-long connection to the community.

For additional details about this incident, visit the AZ Family website.

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