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Is Vigilantism Ever Permissible?
Vigilantes could be ex-military or police. These ex-service members would be better qualified and more experienced to deal with a range of scenarios than the average civilian, or newer members of the police force.
American and European vigilantes joined forces with the Kurdish militia group
in battle against ISIS. Many have since been killed, likely due to a lack of training.
Fighting overseas holds a strong appeal for
who can often find it difficult transitioning back into civilian life.
Brazilian police militias
are clandestine paramilitary groups made up of current and former police officers which carry out both vigilante and organized crime activities. They enjoy the support of certain politicians and are also involved in far-right politics.
Ex-military/police tend to be more problematic than active police/military as they may have been
Vigilante groups appeal to young, bored and
men who are looking for excitement and wish to escape the daily drudgery.
Ex-military men are likelier to be
than their civilian counterparts. Their vigilantism is likely to reflect this.