Guardian Angels Form in Portland
The Guardian Angels, the community watch group, has formed a Portland chapter.
Members of the group, dressed in red, met for the first time on Sunday with a group of residents in one neighborhood. The group had tried to build support in Portland several years ago without success. They cited escalating violence in the Old Port as the reason they have returned. They are seeking new members.
"We are actually aggressively recruiting those who might at at the edge, hanging out with gang bangers and drug dealers but not necessarily tainted themselves," The group's founder Curtis Sliwa told WSCH-TV. "They're posers, wanna-bes, it's better they hang with us and become protectors."
The angels started 30 years ago in the Bronx, and now has chapters in 14 countries and 140 cities.