Human Security Research Centre Ghana (HSRCGh)

Human Security News From Outside Africa 06-07-2022

Why the Highland Park suspect represents a different kind of violent extremism

Moments after law enforcement authorities disclosed the name of a “person of interest” in the deadly shooting at a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, extremism researchers, journalists and some members of the public rushed online. They discovered an extensive trail of digital activity believed to be linked to Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, now the named suspect in the mass shooting. But sifting through the trove of memes, photos, music, rap videos and more, extremism experts agree: There is no clear political or ideological motivation.

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