The Citizen's Vigilance Act

The Citizen’s Vigilance Act was passed on October 31st, 2005 as a reaction to The Trial of the Fabulous Five. It legalized vigilante activities as long as such vigilante groups are registered with local law-enforcement agencies. This act allowed citizen vigilance groups a certain latitude to make arrests when present during a criminal activity.

Lead-Up

In 2004, there were only a handful of Novas who existed and law enforcement was, at the time, unable to effectively combat Novas who performed hostile, antisocial, or criminal acts. Los Infeliz, a band of Novas of largely Latino and Hispanic descent, went on a destructive rampage through Northern Mexico. The group thrived on robbery, vandalism, and destruction of public property, mostly aimed at Mexican religious leaders who espoused positions similar to The Seven Thunders in regards to Novas being “Satan’s Soldiers.”

This was only the first of a wave of similar incidents. Various new Novas gained abilities they had trouble understanding, let alone controlling, and some were of a criminal bent. Adam Brauhaur, for instance, was serving 10-20 on a burglary and assault with intent to kill charge when the Shadow Weave hit, unleashing chaos as he Erupted during a prison riot at San Quentin. He was able to escape the facility with frightening ease, using his tremendous strength and intimidating presence to break through the cells. Once free, he continued to support himself through criminal activity, including, memorably, an attempt to hold a city bus filled with people hostage in a poorly thought-out ransom attempt.

So it was almost a relief when a band of five Novas in colorful spandex costumes calling themselves The Fabulous Five took to the streets of San Francisco to combat Nova criminals and other street crime. The Fab Five captured Braunhaur (who was now operating under the nickname “Grizzly”), stopped a bank robbery perpetrated by a man with iron skin, uncovered and forcibly disbanded a child pornography ring, and delivered punitive beatings to several alleged rapists.

The Fabulous Five were also openly homosexuals, bisexuals, or transgendered. They operated out of the Castro district penthouse of their leader, Jason Deschaines (AKA “Mr. Fabulous”). This fact caused quite a bit of controversy in Conservative circles, who put pressure on the governor to “do something” about their flagrant disregard for the law, and would come into play later on.

Tragically, several members of the Fab Five died while they were assisting local emergency crews in the aftermath of an earthquake. The three survivors were then quietly arrested by federal authorities. This didn’t remain quiet, however. Once the news broke, the people of San Francisco began protesting the arrest. The protests spread, in part because of the perceived hypocrisy of the arrests — they had been perfectly willing to let the Fab Five do their job for them, then threw them in jail when the trouble had died down and they had been weakened by loss.

Provisions

Aftermath

The Citizen's Vigilance Act

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