Domestic Extremism Briefings in Southern California
Posted: July 30, 2009
An ADL expert presented briefings to law enforcement agencies in Southern California on right-wing extremism and the California white power subculture. Over 180 law enforcement officers participated in these July trainings in Riverside and Kern Counties.
At the briefing in Riverside County, co-sponsored by the Moreno Valley Police Department, participants representing the Riverside Sheriff's Department, Moreno Valley Police Department, Riverside Community College District Police Department, San Bernardino Probation Department, Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Chino Police Department, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, FBI, Hemet Police Department, Oceanside Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, and the California Department of Corrections, received training on the white supremacist movement and subculture in California, focusing on local hate group activity, trends and criminal activity, and how to recognize the tattoos and symbols most commonly used by white supremacists in the area.
In Kern County, a presentation focusing on hate crimes and domestic terrorism sponsored by the Bakersfield Police Department was conducted for members of the Bakersfield Police Department, California Department of Corrections, Kern County Sheriff's Department, Taft Police Department, Cal City Police Department, and Arvin Police Department. The training, which was part of a three-part presentation by the Anti-Defamation League, the Kern County District Attorney, and the Bakersfield Police Department's Gang Unit, examined the nature and prevalence of hate crimes and hate incidents, and how to identify and recognize hate motivated behavior. Attendees were instructed on the commonly used symbols and tattoos associated with the movement, and the use of the Internet and social networking sites to recruit, enabling law enforcement to recognize members and to better understand their subculture.