B.C. Batman win praise, criticism for online vigilante justice (video).

A trio of B.C. teens who dressed as superheroes to…

A trio of B.C. teens who dressed as superheroes to confront would-be sex offenders are gaining wide praise from the public, but are drawing criticism from police who say crime fighting should be left to the proper authorities.

Police say the Chilliwack teens—a pair of 17-year-olds, and one 18-year-old—made a mistake by posing online as an underage girl to lure men for sexual encounters only to confront them publicly dressed as Batman and the Flash. The awkward encounters were videotaped and posted in recent weeks on YouTube, under the title To Troll a Predator.

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth, spokeswoman for the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP, said Wednesday that police have spoken to the boys and their parents. “Our main concern is their personal safety,” she said. “Those kids told investigators they made a big mistake.”

Hollingsworth noted the possible trouble if the boys embarrassed a dangerous person, adding that online luring of potential predators could also bring sex offenders into the community from other areas.

Source: Evan Duggan and Andrea Woo for the Vancouver Sun.

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