Video: Albany residents question Guardian Angels founder
Curtis Sliwa says he and several other Guardian Angles will patrol Arbor Hill and the city’s South End neighborhood from 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to dawn Wednesday while recruiting for an Albany chapter. Others said Albany already has community policing and violence interruption programs, and those are run by city residents. Dressed in red satin jackets and berets, its members became fixtures in New York City’s anti-crime efforts during the 1980s. Members of the group are unarmed but patrol city streets with the eye toward curbing violence.
Members are trained to make citizens arrests, and are also taught about first aid, penal law and conflict resolution. The group has expanded to more than a dozen states and several countries. Sliwa said in an email he is coming to the city to recruit a new chapter after a particularly violent week left two dead and 12 others injured in the city. When asked if his group would continue coming up from New York City if they do not recruit anyone to take over in Albany, Sliwa said no. In the 1980s, Sliwa was arrested several times for protests at the state Capitol.
He was also once arrested for training and recruiting members in Academy Park. Sliwa has been mocked by critics and Sliwa admitted to making up several rescues in order to gain media attention. Sliwa has also worked as a radio host in New York City.
Meet the Guardian Angels who stand watch at Stoneman Douglas
They are unarmed but fearsome, protecting the kids of Parkland like their own. The red beret-wearing trio have been patrolling the school since Valentine’s Day, when 17 students and staff were killed in a shooting that left another 17 wounded. Since the shooting, he has hundreds more kids to watch over at his new post in Parkland. The Angels seem to be a hit with both parents and teens, who sometimes stop by the tent just to talk. The Guardian Angels, a group of crime-fighting civilians known for their red berets, have been around since 1979.
The group got its start in New York, with members riding the subways and patrolling neighborhoods to combat crime. Clemente became a Guardian Angel at 17 to keep out of trouble in his Brooklyn neighborhood. The Guardian Angels now have chapters in 137 cities in the U.S. and 14 countries around the world. Now, they bring a slice of solace to a jittery high school campus in Parkland.
In return, Beir and other parents have brought them homemade meals and donated to their tip jar. Taking things beyond the tip jar, parent Jon Faber set up a GoFundMe page for them on May 22 that quickly raised $3,500. Clemente says the money will help buy incidentals, like new boots or a tank of gas to get to the school that has become like a second home.
Guardian Angel Program
Our Guardian Angel program was established to help special needs animals receive the care and attention they need before finding their new home. The program covers expenses associated with lab work, xrays, biopsies, dentals and other diagnostic tests and non-routine procedures. Through our Guardian Angel Program, thousands of animals each year are treated for various infections and diseases like heartworm, bordetella and upper respiratory, as well as treatment of injuries such as broken legs, torn ligaments, physical therapy and more. Your support of the Guardian Angel Program will help Placer SPCA continue to provide these necessary, and often times lifesaving, services to those animals in need. Guardian Angels can choose to help cover the costs associated with one of the animals below – or simply make a donation to the general Guardian Angel Program fund to help an animal in need.
Any funds received in excess of an animal’s medical expenses will be directed to the general Guardian Angel Program fund to help other animals in need.
Some Albany residents want Guardian Angel group to leave
Some residents are confronting them now saying they’re upset they’re here. Saying they don’t know this city so how can they just show up and try to help. Many residents in Albany say they’re insulted the group showed up in their city. The group says it came to the city after about a dozen people reached out saying they wanted their help patrolling the streets. Large discussion still going on between residents and guardian angels about why they’re here and how they plan to help.
The Guardian Angels say they just want to be given a chance. Community members say they might have felt differently if the group had just reached out before showing up. Things have started to settle down and everyone is joining hands to pray.
Guardian Angels Parish
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