Vigilance or vigilantism? Old laws’ legacy in modern US.

Posted on AllSides November 19th, 2021
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criminal justice, Georgia, Kyle Rittenhouse
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The Rittenhouse trial, the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers, and Texas’ controversial abortion law all point to some Americans’ increasing desire to aggressively police others’ behavior. The trend has echoes of vigilantism’s long history in the U.S.

Two high-profile murder trials coming to a close in the U.S. pose a challenging question: To what extent can a regular citizen legally take on the duties of an armed agent of the state?

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