Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Bay Times News Article - Nightfall Bay Implements Anti-Vigilante Legislation


By Alex Montgomery

Nightfall Bay has been known to have its fair share of personal justice warriors patrolling the streets at night. Fighting crime and dispensing their own brand of justice isn't anything new. Some see these masked people as heroes, others see them as a menace to the law and interrupting the jobs of the Nightfall Bay Police. In efforts to curb vigilantism in our fine city, our Borough President, passed the the Anti-Vigilante Legislation (AVL 9A.16.020) law today, which hold those who are caught, accountable for their actions in the streets serving up their own brand of justice.

The law defines a vigilante as an individual who takes the law into their own hands and believes that the police and the court system are unable or unreliable at bringing criminals to justice. Some vigilantes operate under a moniker, while others become popular enough to be seen as superheroes. However, not all vigilantes are motivated by a sense of justice, as some act out of personal revenge or antagonistic reasoning.

AVL 9A.16.020 allows the use of force in certain instances:
  • Citizens may use force when attempting to arrest someone who commits a felony
  • Citizens may use force when attempting to defend their lives, the lives of others in situation where there is no other course of action.

The new legislation has been met with mixed reactions from our faithful readers and citizens of the Nightfall Bay. Most of city applaud the measures taken by Marino, in attempt to reduce the amount of violence in the streets, while others argue that if the current police force and court systems were not so ineffective that vigilantes would not been needed to help defend this great city.

Police Chief Collins, in a brief statement to the Bay Times, stated "... while the police department supports this bill, they are concerned about the potential consequences surrounding who will be considered a vigilante once caught..." and further went to say, "... we don't want to discourage citizens from reporting criminal activity in the city or taking actions to protect themselves or their property, but we also want to make sure they are not putting themselves or others in danger by going above and beyond to take on criminals."

The Anti-Vigilante Legislation is the latest in a series of measures Borough President Marino has taken to tackle the rising crime and improving safety in Nightfall Bay.

In the meantime, citizens are encouraged to report something if they see something and refrain from taking matters into their own hands, letting the justice system do its job. Hopefully this will lead to a safer city and a quiet one at that. Only time will tell folks.

*Cited from Anti-Vigilante Legislation (AVL 9A.16.020)

GM Note: Always fun to run a news article about a fake bill you passed in the game to get some reaction from players! Print this out on some old newpaper background, and hand it out to get the players in the mood before a session. It is a lot of fun to do these things!

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