Boston Community Protests Angels Return
Community leaders of Boston’s Hub district are up-in-arms against the return of vigilante group the Guardian Angels.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” ProjectRIGHT executive director Jorge Martinez told The Boston Herald. “You haven’t even spoken to us and you’re coming into our neighborhood to do what? To do what? To have a whole mess of other folks come in to show us how to do it better? No. No. No. We’re national models. We don’t need folks from the outside coming in.”
Mayor Tomas Menino and Police Comissioner Ed Davis gave yte Guardian Angels an icy reception when they first came to the Hub in 2007 after New Yorker Chiara Levin, 22, was gunned down in Dorchester.
The Boston franchise, which was struggling so badly that it didn’t have enough money to register its own car, quickly disappeared after it was discovered that one of its members, 34-year-old Erich “Pitbull” Kennedy, plead guilty to indecent assault and battery of a child in 2002. The Level 2 sex offender was kicked out of the Angels and the group folded.
The Guardian Angels franchise in New Bedford, which also saw heated resistance by locals, has also closed.
Pastor Bruce Wall tells The Boston Herald he will not be as “warm” as he once was when he let the group use his Global Ministries Christian Church as a headquarters back in 2007.
“They really left without a warning,” Pastor Wall said. “They need to establish a base and make a commitment to stay here.”
Brockton franchise leader James Cardella, who has been quietly leading Hub patrols for the past month, says he has recruited 12 locals to undergo training.
“We’re here to stay this time,” Cardella says.
Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa told MyFox Boston that he is not involved with bringing the group back to town, but thinks it is a good idea.
The Angels have also begun patrolling the streets of Boston suburb Malden.