Thursday, August 30, 2007

Vigilante Justice


I realize we have laws for a reason. I know the reasoning behind the need for sleazy defense lawyers that will represent the 100% guilty. I am glad we have protections and safeguards so the innocent don’t end up convicted...

...But, all that being said, there's something incredibly appealing and satisfying about citizens taking the law into their own hands. When it was their son that was molested, or their mother that was shot, or their neighborhood being terrorized by thugs. When the cops won’t listen, or the defense lawyers have more money then the prosecution...

I know it's wrong, but (not so) deep down it makes me proud to live in a country where some dad is willing to go to jail for taking down a pedophile so no more kids will be hurt.

Of course this particular case is neither about pedophilia or in this country, but it made me think of all that...


"...Tied to a lamppost, he stands with his head and upper body covered in tar and feathers. A makeshift placard hung around his neck with a piece of string announces the reason for his treatment.

It is a very public humiliation, and a medieval one. Almost ten years since Northern Ireland's Troubles officially ended, this remains the crude face of justice on the streets of south Belfast.

Locals had accused the victim, who is in his thirties, of being a drug dealer. And when police allegedly did not act, they took the law into their own hands.

Two masked men tied up the accused victim, poured tar over his head and then covered him in white feathers, apparently from a pillow case.

A small crowd including women and children looked on as the men then adorned their victim with a placard reading: "I'm a drug dealing scumbag"." (source)

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