Texas shooter’s ‘RWDS’ patch linked to far-right extremists

FILE - People identifying themselves as members of the Proud Boys join supporters of President Donald Trump for pro-Trump marches, Nov. 14, 2020, in Washington. Two supporter in the center are wearing hats with red lettering that read “RWDS,” which is short for “Right Wing Death Squad.” The gunman who killed eight people on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at a Dallas-area mall was wearing a “RWDS” patch. The phrase has been embraced in recent years by far-right extremists who glorify violence against their political enemies. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The shooter who killed eight people at a Dallas-area mall was wearing a patch that read “RWDS” — short for “Right Wing Death Squad” — a phrase that has been embraced in recent years by far-right extremists who glorify violence against their political enemies.