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vig·i·lance com·mit·tee

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  1. vigilance committeenoun

    a volunteer committee to maintain order where an efficient legal system does not exist

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  1. Vigilance committee

    A vigilance committee was a group formed of private citizens to administer law and order or exercise power through violence in places where they considered governmental structures or actions inadequate. A form of vigilantism and often a more structured kind of lynch mob, the term is commonly associated with the frontier areas of the American West in the mid-19th century, where groups attacked cattle rustlers and people at gold mining claims; held kangaroo courts; and beat, killed, or exiled those they believed had violated their preferred norms (sometimes on a thin pretext of such, motivated by personal or mercenary gain). As non-state organizations, no functioning checks existed to protect against excessive force or safeguard "due process" from the committees. In the years prior to the Civil War, some committees worked to free slaves and transport them to freedom.

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  1. vigilance committee

    A vigilance committee is a group formed by private citizens to enforce law and order in a time when the established systems for law enforcement are viewed as inadequate. This may be due to lack of resources, corruption, ineffectiveness or absence of law enforcement bodies. Such committees may operate outside of legal boundaries and may sometimes resort to extrajudicial punishments. They emerged prominently during periods of instability and expansion in the American frontier in the 19th century.

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  1. Vigilance committee

    A vigilance committee was a group formed of private citizens to administer law and order where they considered governmental structures to be inadequate. The term is commonly associated with the frontier areas of the American West in the mid-19th century, where groups attacked cattle rustlers and gangs, and people at gold mining claims. As such groups operated outside the law, they sometimes took excessive actions and killed innocent people. In the years prior to the Civil War, groups worked to free slaves and transport them to freedom.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigilance committee in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigilance committee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5


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