A spokesperson from the Catalan Regional Police Force, the Mossos d’Esquadra made an announcement yesterday stating “The so-called citizen patrols who go after pickpockets on the Barcelona Metro are not doing any good. They are increasing the sense of insecurity and using tactics that are bordering on criminal offences ” Citizen patrol groups donning read berets more commonly known as ” Guardian Angels” have formed and taken steps in a bid to stop suspected thieves operating on the city’s subway system. In recent days, five uniformed members of the self-styled Barcelona Guardian Angels began patrolling the Metro wearing red berets and white tee shirts with Guardian Angels emblazoned in bright red across them. These “Angels” are modelled on the New York Guardian Angels who were a controversial volunteer crime-prevention organisation that was created in the notorious Bronx at the beginning of the 80’s. These Guardian Angels style themselves as a kind of not-for-profit, self-organising group of citizens, trained primarily in martial arts, who fight for justice at their own cost and risk. This organisation is run by Eliana Guerrero, a 47-year-old real estate agent from Colombia who began patrolling the Barcelona subway system 12 years ago, armed with whistle and pepper spray. The Guardian Angels have grown in popularity with the Metro users in Barcelona admiring the actions of the… Read full this story
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