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Guardian Angels Increasing Presence in NW

The Guardian Angels, a national citizen watch group, is looking for participants to patrol parts of Petworth and Columbia Heights.

From the MPD-4D listserv:

The Guardian Angels are still in need of residents to come out and walk the surrounding area of the the 600 block of Longfellow and Kennedy street, NW. We will have the police walk with us. the walks can be in the evening or on Saturday from 12 to 1:30. I understand some resident do not want to walk because they do not feel comfortable. But there is safety in numbers. We cannot let the thugs control our community. Please send me an email if you are ready to show the community you have had enough and you are not going to sit back and let them control.

It is important that we stake our claim to increased public safety when there are no shootings or other glaring criminal mishaps in our midst.

Criminals do not want to set up shop and operate where citizens are active and vigilant. Community walks are an excellent way to connect with neighbors and get some exercise while protecting our neighborhoods. "When Citizens Have a Stronghold Criminals Cannot Get a Foothold."

Various responses to the post have been positive, and as someone who lives a just a few blocks away from that intersection, I can attest that casual strolls by the Guardian Angels certainly wouldn't hurt (try as I might, I can't help but envision Jack Spade from I'm Gonna Get You Sucka.) On the other hand, drug law reform is something that would actually help lower crime, so that we don't have a bunch of teenagers killing each other over sales turf, but it's going take more than a few (thousand) dead poor folk for that to happen.

According to Prince of Petworth, the Guardian Angels are also looking to step it up in Columbia Heights:

Guardian Angels Neighborhood Patrol in Columbia Heights

When: Tuesday, November 11th, 7-9 PM

Where: Let’s meet at 14th & Otis, in front of the Black Lion Market

Areas to be patrolled include 14th Street , 16th Street , Center Street , Hertford Place , Meridian Place, Oak Street , Ogden Street, Otis Place , Parkwood Place , Perry Place , Spring Place, and Spring Road.

We will be accompanied by members of the Guardian Angels. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.

Invited guests include Councilman Graham and Inspector Delgado.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna at

City Paper wrote a fascinating and informative story on the Guardian Angels here.

What say you, readers: Is this something that can bring down crime?

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  • Jason Cherkis

    Is there anything more lame than the Guardian Angels?

  • Dave

    Hey Jason, what was the name of that song that's played at the end of those videos you made with Deleany on Election Day?

  • Mike Licht

    the Guardian angels used to walk a really tough high-crime beat on Capitol Hill: Eastern Market. On weekends. In daylight.

    Oooh. Bad guys better watch out!

  • Bill

    Anyone who wants to spend some time looking righteous and menacing, you're welcome to walk down my block. I know I asked for it by moving into a "transitional" neighborhood, but I can't imaging the longer-time residents are any more pleased by the obvious criminality near our houses.

    Multiple cheers for these decent citizens. (And, yes, reasonable drug laws).

    And to the guy who stabbed the woman five houses down, yeah, really? You suck.

  • Felix Paladin

    Curtis Sliwa is the biggest fraud around. He comes around communities with crime problems and sweet talks the citizens into joining his Guardian Angels. He makes the downtrodden minority youths feel important by making them wear red berets & jackets. What he doesn't tell you is that he makes recruits sign waivers making him not liable in case they incur injury to themselves or others! If you want to find the latest news on Sliwa's latest G.A scam go to
    He has a long sordid history with Pro wrestling and has NEVER made a solo citizen's arrest in NYC despite his claims.The Dept of Justice put out a report on the GA some years ago and found while they made the citizens FEEL better;; the overall effect they had on crime was NONE! Don't let this huckster with a red beret into your communities!

  • Dave

    Will no one answer my questions? Won't somebody think of the children?!

  • FrankVanQueens

    Hooray for Felix! He's so right! How do you know when Sliwa is lying? When his lips are moving! He is a degenerate liar who scams and cons the stupid and ignorant into thinking that they're "crimefighters". Ask him: "why didn't you become a cop" Ans: because conning people beats working for a living! He sells the uniforms to the suckers for a profit. He violated the 501C3 tax exemption when he sold the name of the G.A. to a pro wrestler, among other things. He is a leech and a vampire, who feeds off of people's fears of crime. One of his thugs has assaulted an innocent child in Pen Argyl PA. Who should people fear more, the thugs, or Sliwa's thugs? He comes to a city, struts around before the cameras like the cock of the walk, gets the suckers invovled, and then flees back to his million and a half dollar condo in NYC. He is the Slip Mahoney of media. He should be in a remake of the Bowery Boys with his phony act of old time NYC. Why didn't he arrest John Gotti Sr? He said he's a "cimefighter". You mean he's afraid of some fat linguini eaters? go to to hear interviews with a former Angel who was exploited by Sliwa, and the Chief of Police of Halifax, N.S., who kicked this fraud out of his city! Send him back to the gutters of Canarsie Brookyn!

  • FrankVanQueens

    Sliwa's stooges get no health care insurance, or life insurance. If something happens to them, tough luck, suckers! Sliwa feathers his own nest, he has never spent a nickel of his millions, yes, millions that he's made off of this scam on the G.A. He has his stooges begging for money from the public, while he makes millions off of commercials, speaking engagements, endorsements, and his radio program. He has no law enforcement training, other than the comic books that he reads and fantasizes about. He never took on anyone with an Uzi in the NYC subways. In fact, no one was ever caught with one or used one. It is part of Sliwa's lies. He explioits minority kids for his own purpose. His franchises close soon after he leaves. He has no knowledge of the area that he comes in to. Leave the law enforcement to the professionals. That's what you pay taxes for. Not some cheap third rate bloated 56year old comic book character!