Hate crime or terrorism? Lone wolf or extremist? These words are often used to describe ideologically motivated violence in the US, and their use by officers of the law and members of the media has impact on real cases. A new ISPU report examines cases in which perpetrators of similar crimes receive dramatically different legal and media responses. Equal Treatment?: Measuring the Legal and Media Responses to Ideologically Motivated Violence in the U.S., co-authored by Carey Shenkman and Kumar Rao, is an empirical analysis comparing media coverage, law enforcement tactics, charges, and eventual sentencing when the perpetrator of an act of ideologically motivated violence is perceived to be Muslim and acting in the name of Islam vs. not perceived to be Muslim and motivated by another ideology, such as white supremacy.
Register here to join us on April 5 for an open discussion of the results of this report.
Moderated by ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed, our panel of experts will include:
- Aloke Chakravarty, former assistant US attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, who prosecuted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing
- Karen Attiah, a Washington Post Global Opinions editor who has reported extensively on media bias regarding marginalized communities
- Kumar Rao, Equal Treatment? co-principal investigator and co-author, ISPU Fellow, and senior staff attorney at the Center for Popular Democracy
- Carey Shenkman, Equal Treatment? co-principal investigator and co-author, ISPU Fellow, and civil rights attorney and litigator
Following the panel, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A from the audience.
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