Homeland Security is warning about a potential spike in extremist violence

After Uvalde and ahead of the midterms, federal authorities are wary about the potential for violence.

By Alexandra Hart and Wells DunbarJune 10, 2022 5:18 pm, , ,

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning about the potential for an increase in extremist violence in the coming months.

“They’re concerned about the big emotions that there are happening right now as big news events happen,” says James Barragán, political reporter for The Texas Tribune.

‘We’re all expecting the decision on abortion rights from the Supreme Court later this month,” he adds. “Obviously, there’s been multiple mass shootings across the country in the last couple of weeks. And then we’ve got the November midterm elections, all of which will bring emotions to a boiling point. And the Department of Homeland Security says we have to be on the lookout for that because it could lead to violent events.” 

Listen to our interview for more specifics on some of the topics mentioned above, including the Texas House investigation into police response to the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde and Sen. John Cornyn’s proposed post-Uvalde legislation. And for more about the Uvalde police response, listen to the Texas Standard interview with Tribune reporter Zack Despart, who worked with Barragán to report the first Q&A with Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo following his delayed and widely-criticized response to the shooting at Robb Elementary.