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Jamail Johnson’s killing sparks formation of Guardian Angels chapter in Valley



Published: Sun, February 13, 2011 @ 8:24 p.m.

By William K. Alcorn

alcorn@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Alliance of Guardian Angels plans to have “boots on the ground” patrolling streets in Youngstown and Warren by next weekend.

In addition, a Youngstown/Warren Guardian Angels chapter will be in place in three to four months, said Curtis Sliwa, founder of the public safety organization that put its first patrol on the streets of the Bronx, N.Y., 32 years ago Sunday, .

Sliwa was in Youngstown this weekend just a week after Jamail E. Johnson, 25, was shot to death and 11 others were wounded at an off-campus party near Youngstown State University.

A Celebration of Life ceremony for Johnson, a YSU student, took place Saturday in the university’s Beeghly Center.

The next steps for the Guardian Angels are to establish a working relationship with Youngstown and Warren law enforcement organizations and begin recruit to members for the Youngstown/Warren chapter, he said.

In the meantime, Sliwa said members of New Castle, Pa., and Cleveland chapters will patrol here on weekends in their signature red jackets and berets and begin the three-month training of recruits.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1rgp2585(67 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Good luck in kicking a-- and taking names!! It has worked well in other cities...

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2TeresaB(82 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm all for it.

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3overrated1(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

These "Guardian Angels" will only last until everyone involved is convicted (If they even are).

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4Tigerlily(476 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

overrated1, you can go away. we don't need you.

this is something good to come of tragedy. embrace it. hope for it to help. surely it can't be a cure-all, but it's something.

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5YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

What a LOAD of CRAP! Do you really feel safer knowing that townsfolk from NewCastle will be patrolling our streets? We'll be seeing alot more chewin' tobackee an hound dogs !

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm all for it but . . ..

In Youngstown the thugs are a protected species . This has allowed them to thrive . Will the city leaders allow the Guardian Angels to oppress the thugs ?

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7UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

We don't need the Guardian Angles. We need armed, locked, and loaded police officers on the streets taking care of the hoodrat eradictation business. Sliwa is an opportunist. Go back to NY.

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8author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I would welcome any help to fight the good fight.

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9George412(161 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm sure the Guardian Angels will get some publicity from this, as they did from staged subway rescues in the 80s. The fact is that this is a single, high profile case, but if we needed Sliwa and his guardians on the northside at all, we needed them 10 or 20 years ago much more than we do now. I'm not sure the Angels' presence will help crime, and I'm not sure it will help Youngstown's public image. Not to be a naysayer because I'm generally ProYo, but yeah, this seems to be more about Sliwa and less about our city.

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