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September 15, 1985
I've waited three whole barren months, hoping for fall and some good movies. Well, today is nippy, but what do I have to look forward to in the next week? A crazy nun who either has or hasn't had a baby, and a female vigilante. Thrilling. Just thrilling. How about some romance, Hollywood? I wanna see a love story. I'm going to stay home and watch television. J. C. NORTON Los Angeles
November 17, 1988
Regarding the placement of security guards at polling places, the Republican leaders responsible have hit an all-time low in modern-day American politics. It is difficult to accept their excuse for vigilante actions. After all, couldn't they call and alert the appropriate government agencies, or did they really have their own secret agenda? IRA J. SEAVER Westlake Village
May 16, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Responding to mounting concern about disorder in the Mexican state of Michoacan, officials announced Thursday that an army general would take over as its public security chief, overseeing both state and federal security forces. The appointment of the general, Alberto Reyes Vaca, was announced by state officials but had been arranged in coordination with the federal government. For President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, the move is part of a promised new focus on the southwestern state, long a hotbed of drug cartel violence.
January 17, 2014 | By Cecilia Sanchez and Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Three people were injured when a Mexican government helicopter became tangled in a zipline Friday and crashed in the state of Michoacan, where hundreds of security forces have arrived in recent days to quell a dispute between vigilante "self-defense" groups and the Knights Templar drug cartel. Two police officers and a technician were injured in the crash. The pilot and co-pilot were uninjured. The helicopter went down Friday afternoon in the municipality of Tancitaro, according to a government statement.
February 23, 1986
After reading Tom Shales' commentary in the Feb. 2 Television Times (prime-time terrorism), I couldn't help thinking that he left one notable TV vigilante off his list. Lt. Buntz, new to "Hill Street Blues," certainly has a knack for taking matters into his own hands when it comes to dispensing justice. In almost every episode this season, the lieutenant has managed to rid the "Hill" of one or two unsavory criminals by, at the very least, bending a few rules. He has no qualms about what amounts to arranging or conducting executions.
February 10, 1995
Amid heated debate over vigilante justice, self-defense and the shooting death last week of a teen-age tagger, a Superior Court jury on Thursday convicted a Chatsworth man of second-degree murder for killing a 16-year-old. Scott Howard Breverman, 24, had claimed he fired in self-defense Dec. 19, 1993, when the teen-agers retaliated for a fight the previous night by smashing his BMW, parked 10 feet from his front door, with bats and clubs.
May 21, 2005
Al Martinez's May 16 column ["Arnold's Endorsement of Minutemen Borders on Lunacy"] is full of childish name-calling (he questions the size of Gov. Schwarzenegger's brain and ridicules the Arizona Minutemen as "bigots and psychiatric outpatients"). These bitter smear tactics neither flatter Martinez nor advance his cause. They only serve to reinforce the notion that he, like many in the mainstream media, is furious that the Minutemen project was so successful. Illegal border traffic was reduced, a Mexican immigrant's life was saved as he lay dying in the desert, and no acts of "vigilante violence" were committed.
The American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival continues at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas this weekend. Highlights from today's and Sunday's program follow. TODAY 'A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution' Canada, 1988, 110 minutes 2:15 p.m. Canadian Nettie Wild's documentary on the ongoing hostilities in the Philippines--with Marxist guerrillas battling both the government and "free-lance" head-chopping vigilante squads--is full of amazing footage, and all the characters are fascinating.
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