Hypothetical Example 2 Of (Lawbreaking) Vigilante Action: Gang Drive-By Baby Killers

Situation: A car drives by a home and fires guns into the home, killing a newborn baby.

Discovery: We find out about it the next day.

Our Response: We report the incident to the police and find out that they had already been informed.

Police Response: Police investigate and fail to find out who the killers were.

Our Response: We speak with our contacts in the neighborhood and find out the gang with whom the killers are associated. We provide this information to the police.

Follow-Up: Police question gang but cannot identify the killers.

Our Response: We seek to identify the killers. Gang will not cooperate. We make a threat assessment and a PCPA (police/courts protection ability) assessment, and develop a response plan.

Follow-Up: Three masked individuals deliver an ultimatum to the gang to give up the killers or suffer unspecified consequences.

Targets’ Friends’ (Gang) Response: Gang refuses to cooperate.

Our Response: We make a second threat assessment and a second PCPA (police/courts protection ability) assessment, and develop a response plan.

Follow-Up: Mysteriously, every day for a year, at least one person wearing the gang’s colors has both of their legs broken by three masked individuals.

Follow-Up: There have been no drive-by incidents in the community for the past three years.