Very few American Southerners were members of vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan during the era of segregation.
Richard Abowitz talks to the vigilante who claims to be behind the effort.
Slavery, segregation, and abortion led to civil war, vigilante violence, and massive protest movements.
But as for the cops, they're not so pleased about a non-governmental organization taking on the role of vigilante investigator.
The lawless law enforcement in eastern Ukraine exists somewhere between Soviet rule and vigilante justice.
His work, "vigilante Days and Ways," is an invaluable contemporary record.
There's nothing I'm so sick of hearing as this vigilante stuff.
It was the vigilante, a good-looking white-bearded man clad in blue cotton.
"But I gave the vigilante his penny this morning," I said, hastening to the door.
That afternoon three men shouldered into Babbitt's office with the air of a vigilante committee in frontier days.
"member of a vigilance committee," 1856, American English, from Spanish vigilante, literally "watchman," from Latin vigilantem (see vigilance). Vigilant man in same sense is attested from 1824 in a Missouri context. Vigilance committees kept informal rough order on the frontier or in other places where official authority was imperfect.