Is this vigilante action?

The police did take a man away in handcuffs from the Courtenay road blockade

Is this vigilante action?

Vigilante actions? Consider the following possible scenarios in light of protests in the past few weeks. You be the judge.

A single mother finally gets the money together to pay her property taxes. She goes to the government office on the last day to pay and finds the entrance blocked by protesters. She asks the protesters to let her through, to no avail. The police are present and do not assist her. She unsuccessfully tries to push her way through. By trying to push past the protestors is she a vigilante because she is doing something that is a police responsibility? Should she be arrested and led away in handcuffs?

A couple is driving to a hospital where the wife will receive medical attention after a six-month wait. They encounter a pallet on the road, part of a protest blockade. The police are present. The man stops the car, and attempts to peacefully remove the pallet. Can the pallet only be removed by the Highways Department? Is this man therefore a vigilante? Should the police handcuff the man and arrest him?

The police did take a man away in handcuffs from the Courtenay road blockade earlier this month. The “vigilante” was peacefully removing pallets from the highway. The RCMP later stated that they are concerned about vigilante actions.

Vigilante (Cambridge Dictionary) A person who tries in an unofficial way to prevent crime, or to catch and punish someone who has committed a crime.

Don Graham,



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Canadian police to make home visits to enforce mandatory quarantine for travellers

Police forces have been asked to help verify Canadians are complying with the Quarantine Act

Duncan woman safe at home after struggle to leave Uganda

Flights hard to come by during COVID-19 pandemic

Lake Flashback: Weir opens, vandalism committee established, coroner’s inquest

1980: Youbou mill maintenance man’s death deemed an accident

Cowichan Lake community steps up to support food bank

Forest Cooperative pledges $4,000 a month, Virtual Bottle Drive launched

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

COVID-19 circumstances have dictated that the holidays may not be perfect

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

B.C. jails grant early release for close to 100 inmates due to COVID-19

The move, which impacts offenders serving intermittent sentences, is to prevent spread of virus

COVID-19 world update: U.S. to start antibody tests; drones enforce lockdown in Italy

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news from around the world

Lower Mainland hunting store sees 200% increase in firearm sales

Co-owner of Wanstalls says increase due to a variety of reasons

People needing addiction services feeling ‘abandoned’ during pandemic

The province is trying to increase access to addiction care through a phone line of experts, doctors

COVID-19: B.C. ER nurse self-isolates in travel trailer, apart from family

Marcia Kent says situation is difficult but worth it to keep twin boys safe

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

VIDEO: Community rallies around Campbell River fire victims

Emergency Social Services volunteers logged over 100 hours in first day after fire

Most Read