USC program aims to help LAPD officers build trust, de-escalate encounters with homeless, mentally ill

Los Angeles Daily News highlighted a partnership between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School, USC Price School and Los Angeles Police Department on a project to educate officers on how to handle interactions with residents who may be experiencing homelessness, mental illness and addiction. “We think we’re engaged in the single most unique experiment in the…

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…

New York City Truck Attack Brings Deadly Terrorist Trend to the U.S.

NBC News quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about whether the recent vehicular terror attack in New York City will have any long-term impacts on vehicle rental screenings. While authorities might increase vigilance on vehicle rentals in the near future, it was difficult to assess any long-term policy changes that could arise from…

Blade Runner 2049

Is Blade Runner 2049 the sequel we didn’t know we needed? Set in a dystopian future Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling’s K is a replicant who hunts down dis-loyal replicants: a Blade Runner. When a secret is uncovered, he sets out on a quest. The journey becomes one to not only find the secret but to answer some of the fundamental questions. What does it mean to be alive, to be human?

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Investigators Struggle For Answers In Las Vegas Shooting Investigation

U.S. News & World Report and CBS News Miami affiliate WFOR-TV quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why it is difficult to determine the shooter’s motive. U.S. News & World Report: “It’s extremely difficult,” said Erroll Southers, the director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.  “The lack…

Stymied Police Seek Help in Uncovering Vegas Gunman’s Motive

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why it is likely intentional that the Las Vegas shooter did not have a social media footprint. “The lack of a social media footprint is likely intentional,” said Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism studies at…

In light of the Las Vegas Shooting, how can we secure open spaces better?

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”  interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on how large outdoor events can better protect attendees from mass shootings or other incidents. It’s a situation that presents a whole new set of concerns for security officials. “In an outdoor event you are literally cooped up…and you are limited with regards to…

After Las Vegas mass shooting, experts say Southern California open-air venues are vulnerable

The Orange County Register interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on security measures for mass shootings or other incidents. While visible security measures can certainly be a deterrent for attackers, tighter security would likely not have made much difference in the Las Vegas shooting because of the shooter’s elevated position, said Southers, who…

Schweitzer, Southers discuss hate speech, policy implications after Charlottesville

USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott was joined by Bedrosian Faculty Affiliates Lisa Schweitzer and Erroll Southers (director of the Safe Communities Institute), in a discussion of the policy implications and responses to racism and extremism after the violence triggered by a white-nationalist rally in the Charlottesville, Virginia last month.

“White supremacy is not a historical construct we get to walk away from. We have to really interrogate how white supremacy informs public policies within the structures of our cities, within education and politics,” said Lisa Schweitzer. Erroll Southers indicated that he considered Charlottesville a pivotal moment for extremism in the country.

American Assassin – directed by Michael Cuesta

Director Michael Cuesta brings the fictional hero of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels to the big screen in the new film, American Assassin. The all-star cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch as part of a threesome tied together through the specter of betrayal and revenge, set upon a backdrop of international espionage and nuclear threat.

We discuss the level of violence in the film, its portrayal of U.S. black-ops and anti-terrorism efforts, the film’s space within the spy thriller genre, the motivations of the studio, the acting, the gender themes, how millennials may be viewing it, and so much more.

Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Alessandro Ago, Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson, and David Warshofsky.

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