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Philly seeks militia

Well, sorta:

The city’s embattled police chief, acknowledging that police alone cannot quell a run of deadly violence, has called on 10,000 men to patrol the streets to reduce crime.

Sylvester Johnson says black men, in particular, have a duty to protect more vulnerable residents. He wants each volunteer to pledge to work three hours a day for at least 90 days.


The men who join Johnson’s program will not carry weapons or make arrests but will instead emphasize conflict resolution, similar to the Guardian Angels’ ground rules.

No word on whether or not targets will be painted on them.

2 Responses to “Philly seeks militia”

  1. jack Says:

    Sure will make it a lot easier to run drugs. Jack.

  2. Sebastian-PGP Says:

    The Guardian Angels philosophy is to be a highly visible deterrent; believe me when I don the red beret I do get pretty nervous in some situations…you ARE painting a target on yourself. But for some reason…it just works.

    That said, my GA chapter commander has told me he wants me to carry when we’re not on GA patrols…the bad guys around here know I’m an Angel member and it is nerve racking…