The Guardian Angels have arrived and they're patrolling the streets of Brooklyn to send a message and protect the neighborhood after a string of attacks on Jewish residents. This is a direct response to the recent attack in which a man stabbed five people who were celebrating Hanukkah at a rabbi's house on Saturday night. That suspect was caught and identified. Another recent attack included a group of teens who threw a chair at a Jewish man who was simply walking and minding his own business. It was caught on video.
Make no mistake, this is no publicity stunt. There have been numerous attacks targeting the Jewish population in New York and it doesn't seem like much else is being done about it. People have voiced their disdain for local government and want these attacks to be labeled as hate crimes. Thankfully, the recent attack where the suspect was caught (and not a white male with a rifle) was actually charged with hate crimes.
Dennis Romero reported on this and talked a bit about the string of crimes. He said there have been "eight attacks on Jews in Brooklyn since Dec. 13, according to New York police."
Who are the Guardian Angels?
Romero touched on that in his article as well.
The Guardian Angels, a private, unarmed crime prevention group, said it would start patrolling the New York borough of Brooklyn on Sunday following a series of anti-Semitic attacks.
Curtis Sliwa, who founded the organization in New York City in 1979, said the patrols would start at noon in the Crown Heights neighborhood and expand to Williamsburg and Borough Park later in the day.
They're unarmed, but hopefully their presence is enough to ward off some attacks and provide strength in numbers.
Perhaps it wasn't a good idea for them to announce they are unarmed, because at the end of the day - what are they going to do against someone with a gun?