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vigilante

n. someone who takes the law into his/her own hands by trying and/or punishing another person without any legal authority. In the 1800s groups of vigilantes dispensed "frontier justice" by holding trials of accused horse-thieves, rustlers and shooters, and then promptly hanging the accused if "convicted." A mother who shoots the alleged molester of her child is a vigilante.

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That is why the gardai are right when they claim vigilante groups are a cause for concern - especially to the paedophiles.
According to Maidawa, the attention of the Headquarters 4 Brigade Nigerian Army had been drawn to a malicious story going round mainstream and Social Media alleging that soldiers killed a vigilante and released suspected herdsmen.
In India, where cows are venerated by a large segment of the population, cow vigilante violence involving mob attacks in the name of cow protection has swelled since 2014.
The incident has occurred after the Supreme Court directed Centre and all state governments to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure cow vigilantes are reined in.
The President of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, said that these cow vigilantes were nothing but gangsters who were being pampered by certain communal forces to act against a particular community.
If you are service-mined vigilantes for public good, reserve your religious fervour to be confined to your temple or mosque or church premises.
Lagman enumerated the following similarities between the drug war and the Davao Death Squad-unabated extrajudicial killings; monetary rewards to the killers; victims are mostly poor and petty suspected criminals; involvement of police and their vigilante cohorts; tolerance and complicity by the higher-ups; and impunity favoring the assassins.
Therefore this paper concludes by proffering policy recommendations of co-security options with basic legislations of constant training and retraining so as to reduce the unprofessionalism of the vigilantes.
After learning the news that the authorities are hunting Guardian, Winn immediately fears that he and James are going to get caught if they continue their vigilante work.
Poonawalla raised the recent incident in Ahmedabad, where cow vigilantes beat up two people for transporting cows, one of whom succumbed on Friday.
A TEESSIDE man has been arrested on suspicion of child grooming following a child sex sting carried out by an internet vigilante group.
With this first in-depth study of the Bald Knobber Vigilantes of Missouri, Hernando brings clarity to the multifaceted Bald Knobber movement, making distinctions between the vigilantes in Taney, and Christian and Douglas counties, who used the same name, operated simultaneously, and inhabited roughly the same compact geographical area.