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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1993
I take note each morning as I do a two-mile walk throughout my neighborhood of the vandalism through what used to be a decent area. Between Coldwater Canyon and Woodman Avenue, spray painting mars businesses and residences alike. The glass surrounding bus benches is shattered, bullet holes create spider web patterns on glass storefronts, and even the tree trunks are defaced with graffiti. This occurs on an almost nightly basis. Yet, I rarely see a patrol car cruising the area.
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WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government has set a date for the so-called self-defense militias in the troubled western state of Michoacan to dissolve and account for their weapons, a move that does not necessarily signal the end of the vigilante movement. Alfredo Castillo, the administration's point-man for Michoacan state, said in a series of interviews Tuesday that the militias had agreed to disband by May 10. Those who want to continue patrolling the towns of Michoacan will have to become part of a new statewide rural police force, Castillo said.
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NEWS
December 5, 1999 | ALEXANDER BON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Released from jail after spending half a lifetime behind bars, the convicted child molester thought he was finally free. Then his new neighbors found out about his dark past--and his home became another prison. Furious that the former sex offender had moved into the low-income neighborhood, they broke the windows of his house and smashed furniture, terrorizing him into living like a virtual hermit for weeks behind barricaded doors and windows.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - A key leader of the vigilante “self-defense” movement in Mexico's Michoacan state said Monday that he was refusing a government order to disarm, and roadblocks to keep out federal forces charged with taking away the vigilantes' weapons were reported in numerous cities. Vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles said in a radio interview that the government had not sufficiently pacified the state. “Armed and masked” drug cartel members began appearing in the streets just hours after the government's announcement last week declaring it was time for the vigilantes to disarm, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1997
Re "Vigilantism Masks Real Threat to Kids," Commentary, Jan. 28: Elizabeth Schroeder's commentary was a correct observation of how sex offender reporting laws can create an illusion of safety and also encourage vigilantism. However, she was mistaken about the purpose of the act of stoning as described in the Bible. The act of stoning described in the Old Testament (for rape and other offenses) was the punishment that resulted from a court procedure of due process, where the accused generally could only be convicted upon the testimony of two or three witnesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1996 | GLORIA ALLRED and LISA BLOOM, Gloria Allred is a partner in the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg. Lisa Bloom, an associate with the firm, represents survivors of rape and child sexual abuse
Should citizens have the right to know if a convicted sexual predator is living in their neighborhood? While most people would probably say "yes," many would be surprised to learn that California law currently prohibits local police departments from telling the public if a convicted sexual offender (other than a child molester) has registered with law enforcement and where he is residing.
OPINION
June 22, 1986
Goodwin's column is right on target, for he accurately portrays the mind-set that is guiding our present military policy. While President Reagan's policies appear to be new, they are not. We in the West have a rather ignoble tradition of vigilantism. California, especially, was known for vigilante actions in the period of 1850-1900, when the respected middle-class businessman, eager for swift justice, bypassed the law and directly pursued the alleged criminal. I believe we are seeing a repeat of this action today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000
Alas, the column by Agustin Gurza concerning vigilantism and the thinly veiled threat of paupers storming the turrets will only fuel further Anglo fears and breed a peasants-with-pitchforks mentality among American readers ("Should Guns Really Rule Our Border?," Nov. 28). To insinuate that la invasion mexicana will become a war is irresponsible journalism. Also, Gurza's reference to Ronald Reagan's Berlin Wall speech is specious on two counts. First, the Berlin Wall was erected to keep people in, not keep them out. Second, the wall separated a people united by language and culture.
NEWS
May 20, 1987
The state Supreme Court rejected Contra Costa County's latest legal move to reject paroled mutilator-rapist Larry Singleton, despite hints of vigilante action and a vow by Mayor George Livingston of Richmond to "build a wall" around the convict to prevent him from settling there. A one-line order signed by Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas let stand a District Court of Appeal ruling that no community could bar Singleton. But Livingston was adamant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1987
Now that the Goetz trial is over the avalanche of post-mortems will roll in. I just don't think I can stand to hear about the constitutional issues any more. I don't believe we Americans advocate a vigilantism, but we're sure glad that Americans like Goetz have made a statement on crime: enough is enough. Those people that he shot were not exactly upstanding citizens who do volunteer work at the rest home. These guys are thugs and potential residents of San Quentin. Oh yes, there will be the usual diatribes from the constitutional scholars about the violation of their rights.
WORLD
March 12, 2014
MEXICO CITY - One of the best-known leaders of Mexico's vigilante “self-defense” movement has been arrested on suspicion of participating in a double homicide, raising new doubts about the federal government's strategy of partnering with armed campesino groups in the fight against a powerful drug cartel in Michoacan state. Hipolito Mora Chavez, a lime grower who gained fame for leading one of the first local uprisings of autodefensa groups early last year in the small city of La Ruana, was arrested Tuesday evening by state officials.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro held massive demonstrations Saturday in central Caracas and other Venezuelan cities as the unofficial death toll rose to 11 in more than a week of unrest. Leading the opposition demonstration in eastern Caracas was Liliana Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez, the former Caracas borough mayor who was arrested this week and charged with inciting violence that has erupted during protests. Lopez and other opposition leaders say armed pro-government vigilantes have been responsible for the deaths and that the opposition has demonstrated peacefully to protest rising crime and shortages.
WORLD
February 16, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
CHILPANCINGO, Mexico - On a cool evening in February, Pioquinto Damian, the head of the Chamber of Commerce here in Guerrero's capital city, was locked away in his downtown apartment, afraid to step outside. He was convinced that the mayor had tried to kill him in an ambush just a few days before. In response, the governor had assigned him 18 heavily armed police officers as bodyguards. A few miles outside town, hundreds of members of autodefensas - vigilante "self-defense" militias composed largely of fed-up farmworkers - were patrolling the streets of semirural suburbs with ancient rifles and shotguns, hoping to rid them of the drug cartel thugs who had terrorized them for years.
WORLD
February 8, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- The vigilante "self-defense" groups in Mexico's Michoacan state on Saturday entered Apatzingan, the stronghold of the Knights  Templar drug cartel, carrying no weapons but escorted by troops and federal police. The vigilantes have long considered Apatzingan, a city of more than 90,000, to be a prime target in their fight against the cartel, which has wormed its way deep into the fabric of Michoacan society. The vigilantes' threat to take the city by force last month prompted the federal government to send thousands of troops into the southwestern state to avoid a bloody showdown.
WORLD
February 6, 2014 | By Cecilia Sanchez and Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Four human heads were reportedly discovered Thursday in Michoacan state, one of several recent incidents that suggest the Knights Templar drug cartel may be lashing out as the federal government and vigilante groups attempt to retake territory under cartel control. The heads were found in the indigenous community of Zacan, about 200 miles west of Mexico City, according to numerous news reports. The newspaper El Universal reported that a "message with threats from organized crime" was found along with the body parts.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's attorney general said Thursday that he has proof that some of the arms being used by the vigilante “self-defense” groups of Michoacan state were supplied by a drug cartel, the Jalisco New Generation, according to news reports. The self-defense groups sprang up last February to take on a drug cartel called the Knights Templar. Many members are rural landowners and farmworkers fed up with the harassment and extortion by the Knights Templars. But there has been wide speculation that the groups had some connection to, or support from, the New Generation, a rival of the Knights Templar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1991
So it's the "politics of selfishness" if we taxpayers try to hold on to our hard-earned money? The editorial "After the Storm, Schools Remain Needy" (Aug. 14) was an insult to Times readers. I've got an excellent idea. Let's privatize our schools. While we're at it, let's privatize every government agency except our armed forces. How successful have our public schools been at educating our young? Not very! How about the constant postal rate hikes? Privatize. How about the never-ending "war on crime"--are we winning yet?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1995 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys Municipal Court judge, refusing to postpone arraignment for a fourth time, Monday entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of William Andrew Masters II, whose killing of a teen-age tagger sparked debate over graffiti and vigilantism. Judge Alan Ellis then set a May 15 trial date for Masters, 35, of Sun Valley, who is charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and carrying a loaded weapon without a permit.
WORLD
January 25, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Boots on the ground was the easy part. Last week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto sent a massive surge of military and federal police to embattled Michoacan state. The federal forces currently patrolling its cities, highways and backroads have brought a tenuous peace to a region that had faced a potential showdown between the dominant Knights Templar drug cartel and armed vigilante militias that emerged to drive the cartel off. Now Peña Nieto must find a long-term solution for the troubled area known as Tierra Caliente, or Hot Land, where years of corruption and neglect - and the subsequent tyranny imposed by criminals - have eroded faith in government authority at all levels, allowing civil society to all but unravel.
WORLD
January 19, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico - Father Patricio Madrigal Diaz was sitting in a big, empty church describing the moment the ragtag "self-defense" forces came barreling into town bearing AK-47s - and a promise to free this farming community from the suffocating grip of the drug cartel. The cleric was finishing Sunday Mass in a tiny stucco chapel north of town last week when his flock was alarmed by a rumble of tires. Some ran home. Others shut the church windows tight. " Se va a poner feo ," they told Father Patricio.
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