NEW YORK — Bergen County, New Jersey, prosecutors issued a warning about what they call “vigilante activity” that has occurred in recent months in which a private citizen is targeting people who allegedly attracted minors. were trying to do.
In recent months, Bergen County has experienced a number of cases in which a private citizen uses the Internet to identify people who are allegedly minors, according to a warning from the district attorney’s office issued late last week. Trying to attract into sexual activity. This person is allegedly arranging the arrests of these selected persons and subsequently publicizing the scenarios and arrests on YouTube.
However, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Bergen County law enforcement are urging citizens not to engage in “vigilante activity”, saying it carries a risk of violence and injury, as well as to those involved. Even innocent people. In addition, they warn, “it also jeopardizes the due process rights of potential targets, endangers private citizens, and risks engaging law enforcement in illegal activities.”
Prosecutors say private citizens are advised not to engage in these activities, but to allow law enforcement to pursue appropriate charges against those who violate criminal law by engaging in these activities.
“Private citizens who attract potential defendants will be called to testify as witnesses during court proceedings, as this practice ensures that they are witnesses to an alleged crime,” the prosecutor’s office said. “Note also that individuals engaging in this surveillance activity may also be subject to civil liability.”