Guardian Angels Increase Patrols In SF’s Mission District

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Guardian Angels on patrol.

Guardian Angels on patrol.

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A recent wave of alleged gang violence in San Francisco’s Mission District has residents and shopkeepers feeling unsafe as problems continue to plague the neighborhood. As a result Guardian Angels are stepping up their patrols in that area.

There already has been an increase in police presence on foot, squad cars and motorcycles, but now the men and women wearing red berets are taking to the streets.

In an official statement, the Angels have said they’re working with police and are prepared to make citizen’s arrests when they see someone breaking the law.

The heightened security measure is in response to some brazen acts of violence within the last couple of weeks. One incident saw a man shot during daylight hours at 17th and Mission. Other reported incidents have included stabbings and assaults.

Investigators suspect it all stems from a turf war between Norteno and Soreno gang members who are known to be bitter rivals.

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