CSUSB hate crime and terrorism expert cautions against ‘bumper sticker analysis’ of Fresno shooter

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The Fresno Bee — Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, calls some people’s haste to affiliate suspected Fresno mass shooter Kori Ali Muhammad with foreign terrorists “the bumper sticker analysis,” the newspaper reported in a follow-up article on the April 18 shooting.

“His rantings are not part of a violent Jihadist movement. He’s not inspired by ISIS or Al-Qaeda. He’s someone who has crafted his own brand of extremism,” Levin said. “Some of these violent extremists craft their own idiosyncratic ideology from a buffet of often related hatred that exists on social media – and that’s what happened here.”

Levin compared Muhammad to Dylann Roof – a white supremacist who killed nine black church-goers in South Carolina in 2015. Like Roof, Muhammad was likely a loner who became radicalized on the internet, Levin said.

The article was published April 19, 2017.

Read the complete article at “Experts say shooting rampage is a hate crime – but not an act of terrorism. Here’s why.”

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