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.
Guardian Angels are here in Albany. 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. I’ll have the latest on @WNYT at 11 pic.twitter.com/YHl39reRMN— Emily De Vito (@emilydevito) July 10, 2018
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.
Large discussion still going on between residents and guardian angels about why they’re here and how they plan to help. Asking who asked them to come. pic.twitter.com/FMxm13hjow— Emily De Vito (@emilydevito) July 10, 2018
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.
Things have started to settle down and everyone is joining hands to pray. pic.twitter.com/1CIc6qEisz— Emily De Vito (@emilydevito) July 10, 2018
Updated: July 11, 2018 10:40 AM
Created: July 10, 2018 10:38 PM
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