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Senate Judiciary to hold hearing on domestic terrorism following Buffalo shooting

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on domestic terrorism next week, weeks after an 18-year-old suspect killed 10 people and injured three others in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo, NY

The hearing, titled “Investigating the ‘Metastatic’ Domestic Terrorism Threat Following the Buffalo Attack” and to be held next Tuesday morning, will examine the ongoing threat posed by violent white supremacists and other extremists, including those who support the so-called ‘Great Replacement’. “conspiracy theory, as well as the federal government’s response to this threat,” the commission said.

There was no immediate information about witnesses who would speak at the hearing.

The development comes as nearly a dozen people were killed in a supermarket earlier this month; eleven of the 13 people injured or killed were black.

The suspect reportedly embraced the racist “great replacement theory,” which claims that immigration is an attempt to replace white Americans with people of color. The shooting is being investigated by officials as a racially motivated hate crime.

After the Buffalo shooting, Attorney General Merrick Garland said his department would do more to fight hate crimes in the US

“Unfortunately, we are gathered in the shadows today, in the wake of another horrific attack,” Garland said earlier this month. “We are committed to using all the resources of the Department of Justice to prevent these kinds of hateful acts, to hold those who commit them accountable and to support the communities they damage and terrorize.”