Attorney General asks citizens to stop vigilante activity
MADISON, Wis. — Attorney General Josh Kaul is asking the public to leave law enforcement to the professionals, after an uptick in vigilante-led “sting operations.”
In a statement Wednesday, Kaul said these operations, which involve citizens luring suspected online predators that they film and post online, put everyone involved in danger.
The stings can also put official investigations and prosecutions in jeopardy.
“Law enforcement officers have extensive training on how to safely apprehend suspects and ensure that evidence can lead to a successful prosecution,” Kaul said. “Anyone with information about suspected online predators should contact law enforcement.”
Kaul said that vigilantism can interrupt or even stop ongoing investigations.
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