What Is Vigilante Justice?

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During the protests in Ferguson, armed vigilantes showed up unannounced. They claimed they were there to protect the Constitution. So, what are vigilantes?

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Who are the Oath Keepers, and why has the armed group returned to Ferguson?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/11/who-are-the-oath-keepers-and-why-has-the-armed-group-returned-to-ferguson/
“On their Web site, the Oath Keepers are described as a group focused on fulfilling “the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.'””

Brazil’s Vigilante Lynchings
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/opinion/vanessa-barbara-brazil-vigilante-lynchings.html
“Last month, a man was beaten to death by a mob after being accused of trying to rob a bar in São Luís do Maranhão, in northern Brazil. ”

Dawn Of The Digilante
http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/21/dawn-of-the-digilante/
“By that measure, we’re near the beginning of the digilante phenomenon – much as we were near the beginning of the digital music movement in the early 2000s. But we await both breakthrough and opposition.”
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