No Your City is an 8-part mini-documentary series that offers a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary New York City street characters. In this episode, the show profiles Curtis Sliwa, anti-crime activist and founder of the legendary Guardian Angels.
In May 1977, Sliwa created the “Magnificent 13”, a group dedicated to combating violence and crime on the NYC subways. At the time, the city was experiencing a crime wave. The Magnificent 13 grew and was renamed the Guardian Angels in 1979. The group’s actions drew strong reactions, both positive and negative, from the police, public officials, residents and the media. Throughout the early 1980s the group’s distinctive uniform, a military type red beret and white insignia T-shirt, became recognizable as the group grew and courted media attention.
via No Your City