Southeast Residents Want, Wary of Guardian Angels

WASHINGTON — Things got heated recently at a Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Meeting.

The southeast Washington group was discussing ways to build their community Thursday when the Washington chapter of the Guardian Angels stopped by to explain its organization and to try and recruit members.

The Guardian Angels, founded in New York City in 1979, are a controversial volunteer-based organization that patrols neighborhood streets to thwart crime

They recruit youth from local communities and train them in how to combat crime. Members don’t carry weapons and can be identified by red berets and a red logo of an eye inside a pyramid on a winged shied.

The group announced recently that some of its members will patrol the NoMa-Gallaudet University and Rhode Island Metro stations, as well as the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

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