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START produces new data tool exploring crimes committed by U.S. QAnon offenders

START’s Radicalization and Disengagement (RaD) team have released a new QAnon Crime Maps data tool, which users can interact with to explore criminal offenses committed in the United States that were motivated by the QAnon and PizzaGate conspiracy theories, going back to 2016.

The new data tool displays two maps of the United States, with one map indicating where crimes committed by QAnon offenders occurred, and the other map indicating arrests of Capitol riot offenders on January 6, 2021.

The first map allows users to explore the criminal acts and access information about their locations, motives, and outcomes. The points that are displayed on this map are geocoded to the cities of the targets or intended targets of the crimes.

The second map displays all known arrests of QAnon followers who are facing charges for participating in the January 6, 2021, Capitol breach. The points that are displayed on this map are geocoded to the offenders’ city or state of residence at the time of their arrests.

To be included in the data tool, subjects must have committed criminal offenses in the United States that resulted in their arrests, indictments, or deaths, and there must be documented evidence in public sources to support a reasonable suspicion that their crimes were related, in whole or in part, to their support for the QAnon and/or PizzaGate conspiracy theories. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

A research brief with further analysis of the QAnon data can be found at this link.