How to fight extremist hate and violence? Start by pulling out politics, experts say

The Orange County Register covered the USC Price School’s Safe Communities Institute’s conference on how to combat homegrown violent extremism. The event included speeches and discussions by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a former jihadist and former white supremacist among others. “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem,” said Erroll Southers, director of the USC Safe Communities Initiative.

Experts at USC also spent time discussing the differences between a “terrorist attack” and a “mass shooting.”

“If there is no clear ideology at work, I’m not counting those as homegrown terrorism,” said Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent and director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at USC’s Safe Communities Institute.

 

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