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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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He said the alleged suspects were not given the opportunity to explain themselves but were killed by the vigilantes and their bodies subsequently set ablaze.
Residents want the return of the vigilante group on the grounds that it has capacity to contain crime.
The verdict of the Commission on what can be called or described as a vigilante group suggests that a journalist will be wrong to describe Azorka Boys, The Hawks, Invisible Forces, Delta Force, and all the others, as vigilante groups unless the work of the journalist contains acts of violence on the part of such groups.
Police on Tuesday seized two vehicles loaded with meat on Sohna Road between Rajiv Chawk and Subhash Chawk in the city on the complaint of the cow vigilantes.
In fact, well-meaning vigilantes not only endanger themselves, but their actions may result in important evidence being suppressed, impeding our ability to properly and effectively do our job.
The vigilantes also claim he told the teenager his mother was aware of he what he was doing, to which his mum, who is also believed to be disabled, strongly denied.
Neeson's Nels doesn't appear to have any particular set of skills for his supplemental vigilante career.
Vigilantes responsible for exposing sex offenders create "challenges"for police, a top cop has admitted, writes Jack Thomson, Local Democracy Reporter.
"We're vigilantes, but we're vigilantes with a twist, working within the law and not against it.
class="MsoNormalHaki Yetu director Gabriel Dolan who is also a resident in the sub-county said failure by the police to tame insecurity has seen the formation of the vigilante groups.
Suspected cow vigilantes assaulted two youths in Bihar for transporting beef, leaving them seriously wounded.
And fellow vigilante group Dark Justice warned those using handcuffs must be trained, regulated and insured.