Last year, federal officials charged more people over public threats – against elected officials, law enforcement and judicial officials, educators and health care workers – than in any of the previous 10 years, according to research from the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
This year the trend has continued, said Seamus Hughes, a senior researcher on the team.
“We’re on track to meet, if not surpass, the number of federal arrests when it comes to communicating threats against public officials this year,” Hughes said. “Trend lines are going up — violent rhetoric is on the rise, −and is unfortunately becoming normalized, and that’s concerning.” ..
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