Masked vigilantes prowling the streets doling out justice to ne’er-do-wells are typically the province of comic books. These fictional vigilantes operate outside of the law and rarely have any official oversight, no governing body to regulate their actions. Usually, their strong moral character ensures that they only punish the guilty (leaving aside the fact that the vigilante sets themselves up as a judge and jury; something else they have no authority to do) and don’t typically present a threat to civilians (though as we see every day in USAmerica, organizations who are governed and regulated by official entities still trample on the rights of civilians and get away with it). For these reasons and more, it behooves civilians to not engage in vigilante activities, no matter how well-meaning they might be.
Apparently, someone in London didn’t get that memo.
Imagine if this “hero” had injured himself. Does he imagine his insurance is going to cover such injuries or does he have a personal ‘Alfred’ who can tend to any injury he sustains? And is he rich? Because he’s inevitably going to sustain injuries that might prevent him from working. What then? What if he caused serious injuries to Ken’s attackers, resulting in their hospitalization? Who’s going to pay for all that-taxpayers? What if he gets it wrong next time and hurts someone for walking while black, wearing a hoodie, and carrying Skittles? What if he intervenes in a situation that he has insufficient knowledge of? What if his actions accidentally resort in property damage to someone’s business or worse, death to someone? How can anyone trust that this guy will always act in ways that benefit potential victims?
There are too many unanswered questions, and too many ways vigilantism can go wrong for all parties involved. This is not a good idea for anyone, so kids and adults, don’t try this at home.
For more information on the problems inherent in vigilantism, see here.