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Guardian Angels to activate unit in Valley

Published: Mon, February 14, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

By William K. ALCORN



The Alliance of Guardian Angels plans to begin patrolling streets in Youngstown and Warren by next weekend.

In addition, a new Youngstown/Warren Guardian Angels chapter will have its “boots on the ground” 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 one 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. Sliwa and members of the Guardian Angels on Sunday patrolled the area near the shootings.

The next steps to activating a chapter here are establishing a working relationship with Youngstown and Warren law enforcement organizations and recruiting for the new Youngstown/Warren chapter.

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

Sliwa said the Guardian Angels are unarmed, but they differ from block watches in that they will do intervention.

“We don’t have any special powers or privileges, but we do make citizen’s arrests,” he said.

He said the extensive training, which includes role-planing for specific situations such as a fight outside a bar, enables Guardian Angel members to handle situations. They also learn CPR and first aid. “For every criminal situation, we come across 10 medical situations,” Sliwa said.

He said the Guardian Angels decided to come to the Youngstown/Warren area because a local man has been in touch with the organization for some time about crime problems here; and after last week’s shootings, the group received a number of e-mails asking for help.

He said establishing a chapter is a three-step process.

Reach out to the law enforcement and government leadership in Youngstown and Warren to establish a working relationship. “We believe that because of cutbacks in public safety budgets, many departments will be willing to work with us.”

Recruit and train members self-defense and conditioning and the legalities of what citizens are permitted to do.

Train recruits in CPR and first aid.

He said people interested in joining the Guardian Angels should visit its web site at guardianangels.com.

He said potential recruits are vetted, but “we’ll take chances with some people” whose background is less than perfect.

While Youngstown is not New York City or Chicago or Cleveland, it does have intense gun-related violent crime.

“Clearly, the Guardian Angels presence will deter it and also help overcome the subculture of ‘snitches get stitches and end up in ditches,’” he said.

A lot of people who don’t want to be seen with cops and investigators and putting themselves in danger. They are paralyzed with fear, which means the criminals can commit crimes again and again.

“We tell them in the streets, give us the information and we’ll get it to the right people,” Sliwa said.


1mirangoff(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Stop just reading the news and take action and be part of the solution, best place to study Criminal Justice is "United Forensic College"

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2michael1757(486 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I relly feel for Jamail & those at the frat party that were wounded,but if these people are intent on goin' out & shootin' people,it doesn't matter how many cop's are out there. If they don't know it's comin',how are they suppossed to stop it? They can't. If some idiot is going to shoot his family,how can they stop it? They can't. Trust me,it hurt's to even say such thing's,but it's true. I can understand the purpose of the Guardian Angels,& I certainly hope they can make a difference,but with the boldness of these gang's,or even seperate indavidual's with gun's,I hope they don't get shot. I just wish them good luck & all the best.

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3Photoman(1237 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I find it very interesting that the feds will allow the Guardian Angels to function in so many locations but they forced the Minutemen to stop trying to protect our border with Mexico.

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4AntiFascist(61 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

loaf there is an NAAWP - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National...

Why don't you and your reich wing fascist friends join David Duke and co. to advocate 500 more years of unchecked power for the white race.

You make everyone who reads this comment thread immediately dumber.

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5Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Maybe, Photoman, they allow the Guardian Angels because they DON"T CARRY GUNS! Fool.

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6najjjj(106 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Guardian Angels.....one word......vigilantes.

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7Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

"Members of neighborhood watch programs and others who use legal means of bringing people to justice are not considered vigilantes. For example, in 1979 Curtis Sliwa founded the Guardian Angels in New York City, a recognized crime fighting organization that now has chapters in many other cities."


From wikipedia's definition of vigilante. Start learning the difference between neighborhood patrols that help police identify trouble spots, and people who go out armed to take justice into their own hands.

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8redvert(2231 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Having the Guardian Angels come to town is also a sign that the local law enforcement is not able to do the job, like it or not. Wonder if the mayor and police chief are gonna grit their teeth and try to sugar coat this!

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9Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It will be good to hold their feet to the fire.

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10Bman(151 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Please stay out Guardian Angels, you will only drive out others who want to live in the City of Youngstown. No normal middle class person will live in a place where the GA are present, at least in Ohio. NY is different......how about this? Just stay out of the West side!

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11paulydel(1574 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

You are some DA people if you don't want to have the Guardian Angels watching your streets. These guys at least have the guts to do what you won't do. They are extra eyes out there and at at least are doing something besides running off at the mouth. They don't have to protect your streets but they are and just maybe nobody else will get killed.

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12George412(161 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Curtis Sliwa has admitted to and apologized for staging some of the NY subway rescues that earned him and the GAs street cred back in the 80s. I'm skeptical about this organization's intentions. I'm also skeptical about the timing of its arrival.

However, at least the GAs are somebody who is doing something concrete. I'm willing to give them the chance to prove themselves here.

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13frankofqueens(3 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Degenerate liar and media shyster Curtis Sliwa has flown into town. It's always the same old act with the GA. Strut before the cameras, give out fliers, make an annoucement that they're going on "patrol", same old state speeches and lies, then disapear when the cameras are gone. The GA are nothing more than leeches, parasites, vampires, who feed off of people's fears and suffering. They offer no help when they can't give any help! It's all about lining sliwa's pockets! The GA are a cash cow for Sliwa. They have been exposed in Camden N.J., and Philadelphia. To find out all the facts on the GA go to www.therightperspective.org and send them back to sewers that they came out of! Don't trust any of the "GA Cyberstooges" who post phony stories how "grateful" people are that they're here! they've been kicked out of Davenport IA where they assaulted a US Army vet and broke his arm in three places! Don't trust this violent Jim Jonestown cult!

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14frankofqueens(3 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

An innocent kid is murdered and this vampire swoops right in to get publicity! This bag of b.s. with a beret has made up so many b.s. stories that he can't even handle the truth! Now he says that he's a "community organizer", gee, just like Obama! He used to say that he was a "blue colour white ethnic", except that then only real job he ever had was flipping hamburgers! Then he became a "crimefighter" "taking on da mob", another one of his phantasies! He said "I got hit across the face with a baseball bat and broke my nose four times". But when questioned when and where it happened and what hospitals he was in he couldn't answer! Throw this pile of crap out of Ohio!!! go to www.therightperspective.org to find out the truth on this violent cult!

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