Tackling Homegrown Extremism is Not Just a Police Problem

The Los Angeles Daily News reported on the SCI summit, “Global Solutions in the Age of Homegrown Violent Extremism,” covering how event speakers discussed the importance of collaboration between communities and law enforcement for addressing extremist radicalization and recruitment. The Daily News reported:

Angela King [pictured above], who was once involved in a violent far-right extremist movement, said law enforcement agencies should be offered resources to point people to — like the organization she co-founded, Life After Hate — where they may have “better luck shutting some of these things down.”

“That’s why we’re successful,’ she said. ‘We can say, we’ve been there. I understand it.”

The Daily News also cited SCI Director Dr. Erroll Southers, who highlighted the growing threat from right-wing movements, citing the Rise Above Movement (RAM). The newspaper reported:

Erroll lectured earlier this month in front of about 20 Los Angeles police officers — and only two had heard of the group, he said on the sidelines of the conference.

“That was concerning to me….they are the agencies that are going to run into these individuals,” he said.

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