But it was never a place where vigilantism ensured arbitrary enforcement of codes of behavior.
They're concerned about Jones' tactics, Tangen explains, because he flirts with vigilantism and seems to court the media.
And people might think twice about Zimmerman-style vigilantism in the future, she said.
"member of a vigilance committee," 1856, American English, from Spanish vigilante, literally "watchman," from Latin vigilantem (see vigilance). Vigilant man in same sense is attested from 1824 in a Missouri context. Vigilance committees kept informal rough order on the frontier or in other places where official authority was imperfect.