Today, Washington police officer Nicholas Young, 36 and a converted Muslim, was charged with trying to provide financial support to ISIS. This is the first time a law enforcement officer has been charged with an ISIS-related crime. However, of course, this is not the first time a U.S. citizen became radicalized into an ISIS recruit.
In a graph provided by Fox News and George Washington University, here is a breakdown of states in the U.S. that have the highest rate of documented ISIS recruitment and radicalization.
As you can see below, states like California, Texas and Virginia have a handful of individuals charged by U.S. authorities as suspects with alleged Islamic State activities.
However, the two big whopping recruitment states are Minnesota and New York. While Minnesota has a rating of 13 recruits, which makes sense considering its significant Muslim population, New York takes the lead at 17 recruits. Of course, New York City and other regions in the Empire State is a melting pot of diversity, which leads grand opportunity for individuals to be exposed to radicalization.
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