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Ohio Proposal Would Label Neo-Nazi Groups as Terrorists

Police in Ohio would be directed to recognize white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations under a state legislative proposal.  The resolution was introduced by Democratic State Rep. David Leland.  The measure would enable law enforcement to pursue such groups’ activities and whereabouts with the resources and attention devoted to domestic terrorist groups. Illinois recently passed a similar measure.  Leland acknowledged free speech is a “bedrock value” of America but argued such groups violate foundational national principles of “liberty and justice for all.” The proposal’s fate in the Republican-dominated House is unclear.  (Associated Press)
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In this Aug. 12, 2017 photo: James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally took place.  Alan Goffinski via AP.

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