Officers from Ala, Ga Train on Domestic Extremism

Jul 17, 2014

About 400 law enforcement officers from northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia are learning how to deal with domestic extremists.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in Birmingham and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force are providing the training on Thursday in conjunction with police in the east Alabama city of Oxford.

Federal authorities say the session will teach law officers what to do during encounters with domestic extremists. They say that could include members of militia groups or so-called sovereign citizens.

The session will include a study of a 2012 mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, where a white supremacist and U.S. Army veteran killed six worshippers.

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance says law officers have to understand the threats of domestic extremism and be able to protect themselves.