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Open source pioneer murdered after police brutality claims

Ian Murdock

The Open Source pioneer, Ian Murdock, made a series of comments on police brutality. He was found dead after declaring himself as a victim of police brutality.

Murdock’s untimely death was announced in a blog post on the website of Docker, an open source software project to which he contributed. The cause of death was not specified, but prior to his death, Murdock had made multiple tweets about committing suicide.

In a swathe of rapid, emotional tweets, Murdock recounted an extraordinary personal story of victimhood at the hands of the police.


He alleged that police had “sent him to the hospital” for knocking on his neighbour’s door, and that he had then been charged $25,000 bail for assaulting a police officer. He claimed they told him “we’re the police, we always win,” before following him back to his house and beating him again.

Murdock also claimed that a female police officer “ripped off his underwear” while he was in custody. “I guess that’s not considered rape if you’re not a woman,” he said.

The clearly troubled programmer also made several claims about the wider problem of police brutality, particularly against black Americans. “Maybe my suicide at this, you [k]now, a successful businessman and not a N***ER, will bring some attention to this very serious issue,” Murdock wrote.

Murdock promised to recount the entire story in a post on his personal blog, but his death was announced before any such post appeared.

Breitbart Tech has reached out to the police department of San Francisco, where Murdock lived, to confirm the accuracy of his claims. A key detail is Murdock’s allegation that he was charged with assault against a police officer: if that detail is incorrect, it throws the rest of the story into doubt too.

Prior to his death, Murdock was one of the most important and well-known pioneers of open source programming. His name is the “ian” in “Debian,” a well-known Linux operating system that he founded. Murdock also worked at the well-known company Sun Microsystems.


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