CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
April 15, 1989 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1989
It is heartening to discover that our policy-makers have yielded to popular opinion in matters of foreign policy. The invasion of the sovereign nation of Panama to oust a dictator who stands accused of being an all around bad guy is an indication that vigilante justice still lives. This could be the beginning of an encouraging trend whereby protection under the law is denied anyone suspected or accused of wrongdoing. This new approach will considerably aid in the declared war on drugs because we can take out anybody who probably deals in drugs without the lengthy and expensive inconvenience of allowing them their day in court to confront their accusers.
April 19, 2008
Re "Cut a deal on Colombia," editorial, April 12 Your editorial is thin on the facts. There are millions of displaced Colombians, disproportionately Afro Colombian and indigenous people, who have been forced off their land by violence or the threat of violence. Many "demobilized" death squads have resurfaced with new names to threaten human rights defenders, and there have been increased extrajudicial executions of civilians by members of the Colombian armed forces. The reduction in the total number of union leaders killed (still abysmally high by any interpretation)