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Domestic terrorism and hate crimes: legal definitions and media framing of mass shootings in the United States

Taylor, Helen


Identifying a criminal act as terrorism is a complicated task, influenced by strict legal definitions and public perceptions. While law enforcement must adhere to the criminal code in prosecuting violent extremist crime as terrorism, politicians, commentators and the media can symbolically label these acts as constituting a range of offences, regardless of whether they fit within legal definitions. Such disparity was evident in the aftermath of the 2015 Charleston church mass shooting when a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-09-17
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
DOI: 10.1080/18335330.2019.1667012


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