Not sure where this goes, but it's a legal issue so I figured social issues was pretty close.
I often hear people speak out against citizens "taking the law into their own hands" and describe vigilante's as outlaws. I disagree.
Governments, and government agencies like the police, were formed BY the people to carry out the laws of the people.. for the purpose of protecting those same people. Well, if the government fails to adequetely protect the people in accordance with their laws.. does not the responsibility (and the right!) fall back to the people who orginally created those laws?
More simply: If I hire you to protect me, and you fail to do so, dont I still maintain the right to protect myself? if I hire you to enforce a law, and you fail to enforce it, dont I still have the right to have that law enforced?
When a government is unable or unwilling to execute the laws of its citizens, I assert that the responsibility reverts back to the citizens.