Combating domestic terrorism: New DPS reports detail mass attack

Combating domestic terrorism: New DPS reports detail mass attacks in TX, U.S.

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On Tuesday, D.P.S. published two threat assessments for the Domestic Terrorism Task Force.

One thing made clear in the reports, these attacks will continue in the future at public spaces with little to no warning. 

"Unfortunately we learn from what happens in the past," Lubbock County District Attorney Sunshine Stanek said. 

In 2019, Texas saw 4 deadly mass shootings.

 


El Paso, Odessa, Greenville and most recently at the White Settlement Church in Fort Worth. 

A total of 33 victims were killed in the attacks.

In August, the governor called local law enforcement, political figures and U.S. attorneys from across the state to find a solution back in august.

D. A. Stanek is the only representative from our area.

The reports state there is currently no Federal or State-wide domestic terrorism statute, making it difficult to prosecute cases, and track trends. 


Only two states, Georgia and Vermont, currently have domestic terrorism laws. 

"One of the things we're working on, at least from a prosecutor's stand point, we have the tools currently under our statutes to prosecute people who commit mass shootings. What we don't necessarily have, are laws to prosecute those who are committing acts that are leading up those violent attacks.," Stanek said.

In the reports white racially-motivated attacks are labeled as the most common. 

It was also found that high-profile mass attacks often inspire copycats.

The hope is a comprehensive report like this will help create laws that will prevent future tragedies.

"We can't predict the future, but we can look to the past to learn how to better deal with things in the future. You hate to have examples to be able to look at, but having those examples is helpful moving forward," Stanek said.


This report is just one small step in what is expected to be a massive undertaking. 

Another major factor identified in the study are digital platforms, which can be used to radicalize beliefs, and plan mass attacks. 

The report finds current laws have not kept up with the ever-changing technology.

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