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First-of-its-kind database tracks threats against public officials

Princeton Univeristy: “Threats to and harassment of local officials present a significant challenge to American democracy by discouraging civic engagement, undermining the work of public servants, and creating unprecedented stress on the cornerstones of democratic society including elections, education, and public safety processes. A heightened environment of fear among local officials seems ubiquitous, but the data behind the phenomenon is opaque. This project is the first of its kind – an ongoing longitudinal study to systematically evaluate events of threats and harassment across the United States using public event-based data.”

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