Guardian Angels to try again in Jackson

Published 10:53 am Wednesday, January 23, 2008

JACKSON (AP) — A third attempt is being made to establish a Jackson chapter of the Guardian Angels crimefighting group.

Officials announced their efforts Tuesday during the Jackson City Council meeting.

Organizers said two previous efforts fizzled. Operations Director Bennie Jones said he was trying to organize a meeting with Police Chief Malcolm McMillin.

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McMillin said he would not comment on the Guardian Angels until after their meeting.

Angels’ founder Curtis Sliwa said it’s uncommon for chapters to fizzle out. He said the group didn’t succeed in the 1980s because Jackson, like many Southern cities at the time, didn’t believe it had big-city problems.

A chapter of the Guardian Angels also is being organized in Gulfport.