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Suspected shooter in attacks on Jewish men was on FBI’s radar, LAPD chief says
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2023
Brian Levin, director of Center for the Study for Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article reporting that the man charged with two hate-motivated shootings in Los Angeles was on the radar of the FBI, according to Michel Moore, chief of the L.A. Police Department.
The FBI’s Guardian Threat Tracking System documents potential terrorist threats and suspicious incidents, assigns them for follow-up investigation and issues alerts about potential threats or suspicious activity.
Levin said there seems to have been a structural failure in Tran’s case.
“The Guardian system had no sentry in the box. This assailant was well on the radar screen of authorities, and nothing was done,” Levin said. “How was it possible that Tran was able to gain access to firearms, given his pending criminal trial on a gun possession and the antisemitic threats?”
FBI was tracking suspect accused of shooting two Jewish men in West LA, says LAPD
CBS Los Angeles
March 1, 2023
Professor Brian Levin, who heads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, called the poor communication between law enforcement a "failure" in a segment reporting that the FBI had been tracking a man, charged last month with two hate-motivated shootings in Los Angeles, but did not notify the L.A. County District Attorney’s office.
"Bottom line is this was a failure not only of system but also of discretion," said Levin, who is also a former New York Police Department officer. "We should all try to make sure that when someone fits the textbook example of a dangerous, violent antisemite that we don't say 'Hey, which firearms would you like.'"
Teacher perceptions of working memory and executive function improvements following school-day cognitive training
School Psychology International
Lisa Looney and Eugene Wong (both child development) led a team that published a study on the impact of teacher perceptions on students’ academic-related outcomes. “The purpose of this study was to examine changes in teacher perceptions of working memory and executive function concerns (two important predictors of academic success) among students who participated in a computerized cognitive training program designed to enhance working memory skills,” the study’s abstract reads.
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