Some Albany residents want Guardian Angel group to leave

July 11, 2018 10:40 AM

ALBANY -- Tensions remain high Tuesday night after a week of shootings. A group of crime fighters called the Guardian Angels returned to the city after setting up a local chapter back in the 1980s, but they weren't welcomed back with open arms.

The Guardian Angels patrol the city streets unarmed, trying to stop violence.

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Many residents in Albany say they're insulted the group showed up in their city.

"Whenever there's a shooting in the city, it leaves us heartbroken. It leaves us in crisis," said Albany resident Vivian Kornegay.

The group says it came to the city after about a dozen people reached out saying they wanted their help patrolling the streets.

Others questioned who really invited the group.

The Guardian Angels say they just want to be given a chance.

"There was a domestic dispute here. We broke it up quietly. This is what we do. We're very adept at doing these things and I'm not saying other groups can't do it also, but face it, we have a 39-year track record behind us," said Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels.

Community members say they might have felt differently if the group had just reached out before showing up.


Emily De Vito

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