Guardian Angel Mugged While On Patrol
Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa is frantically denying reports that one of the group’s members was mugged at gunpoint while on patrol last Tuesday night in Newark, New Jersey.
News of the mugging was first reported by local news outlet PIX 11, quoting sources within the Newark police force.
Sliwa has put members from the New York City franchise on patrols in Newark after the city laid off 15-percent of its police force in an effort to close a massive budget gap. A total of 167 officers were handed pink slips when negotiations between city and police union officials fell apart. New Jersey’s largest city also suffers from one of the state’s largest crime rates.
“What can they do? This is a tough neighborhood here,” Newark resident Stanley Conover told PIX 11 News after hearing the vigilante group would begin street patrols.
The last time Newark fired this many cops was 32 years ago, when 200 officers were laid off. The city suffered a 25-percent spike in crime then.