The Kalonji family had just closed on a house in Newton County, Georgia, and was instructed by the realtor to go to the home and change the locks before starting the move-in process. While Jean Kalonji and his wife Angelica were working on the house, two men wielding guns confronted them, ordered them away from the house with the threat of gunfire, and accused them of trying to break in. The duo, who appeared to be father and son, didn’t believe the Kalonjis when said that they were the rightful owners of the house, so they called the police who promptly arrested the couple for loitering and prowling.

After a night in jail for the Kalonjis and promises from the sheriff’s department to clear up the confusion, Jean Kalonji, who hails from The Congo, can only liken the experience to the violence that he experienced there. “There, they put me down with the gun to my head, and come here, the same,” he said.

As Americans we like to think that our relatively stable political climate spares us from the kind of random frightening gun violence that so-called turbulent African countries are known for, but it’s hard to hold on to such beliefs after hearing what Jean Kalonji had to say. When average citizens take it upon themselves to act as part of the police force, innocent people always suffer and the level of danger that everyone faces is kicked up a notch. What would make anyone feel entitled to patrol property that is not theirs? What would make those same people act with their own guns before alerting authorized law enforcement? What would make law enforcement then take the vigilantes’ word for it and then declare it all a “misunderstanding”? And why is this chain of events starting to sound scarily familiar lately?

Sadly, the silver lining in this story is that the Kalonjis made it out of the incident with their lives.

Watch a news report on the incident here.

What do you think of this story? Is vigilante justice an increasing danger in America?

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  • Dreaming

    Wow! I think they should sue. Not for money, but for principle.

    Knowing about two incidents of vigilante justice doesn’t necessarily mean it is an increasing danger.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    white men with guns are an ever present danger in america…….

  • Jenn

    Any news regarding what happened to the two individuals pointing guns at innocent citizens?

  • Pat

    Wow, very scary. Like the above commentor states they should sue the police and their neighbors for the principal of it. My prayers are that the family can move on and live comfortably in their new home knowing what transpired with their new neighbors.

  • Pat

    Also what happened to “Hi I live next door are you guys moving in?” or plain just calling the police. Note to my self before moving into white neighbor hood put up Big sign on th front lawn that says “PLEASE DON’T SHOOT ME I’M ONLY MOVING IN” and a sign that says “PLEASE DON’T SHOOT ME I’M ONLY WALKING THE DOG OR WORKING OUT”

    • Pat