In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP photo)
WASHINGTON DC (AP) -
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Justice Department is monitoring the wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric emerging in the wake of last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Responding to reports by The Associated Press and other media outlets that Tashfeen Malik praised the Islamic State group on Facebook around the time she and her husband opened fire, Lynch said Monday investigators do not yet want to define which particular ideology may have inspired them.
Muslim advocacy groups have expressed concern about a rising tide of Islamophobia following the shootings, including incidents of vandalism and threats at mosques.
Lynch emphasized that federal law enforcement prosecutes deeds, not words. Lynch urged Americans not to let violent rhetoric rooted in the fear prompted by the attack turn into violent acts.