START’s Review – 25 Years of Ideological Homicides (1990-2014)

crimesceneThe Research Brief titled Victims of Ideological Homicides, 1990-2014 was published by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), and presents data relating to victims of “al-Qa’ida and affiliated movements (AQAM) and the extremist far-right (FRE – Far-Right Extremists) in the United States from 1990 to 2014.”

The research analyzed by START illustrates the difference between FRE to AQAM homicides – “4 to 1 [number] of people killed by FRE (who targeted law enforcement) vs. AQAM (who targeted military personnel) in the United States.” The information presented in the briefing also noted that FRE killings “favored a more intimate form of violence” (i.e. stabbing, or beating) rather than AQAM (who had a higher percentage for the use of firearms for their killings).

START suggests that a policy for the development and standardization of training on how to deal with extremists should be available for all jurisdictions. Currently, “[s]ome jurisdictions offer training in this regard, [but] the training is not universal.”

The full report can be found on START’s website.

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