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Is Vigilantism Ever Permissible?
When the state and its organs prove incapable of providing justice to the people, it is necessary for some other group to step up and provide said justice.
Racial and socio-economic biases
in states' justice systems deny many individuals the justice and equality they deserve.
There is some language in the U.S. Constitution that
specifically supports and recognises the legitimacy of some forms of vigilantism
if the government breaches its promise to protect its citizens.
Instead of wasting time with minor infractions, vigilantes can go after major threats such as murderers and rapists.
Some form of justice, even if it is problematic, is better than the absence of a justice system.
Vigilante justice is
sporadic and limited
. These groups can only focus on a few cases, meaning many people are still without help.
and lack of state protection might push people to advocate for injustice actions.
It is better to rebuild the state's justice that let other individuals and groups take control.
Vigilantism can be used as an excuse to target
rather than for true justice.