Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, major cities have been faced with aggressive riots and lootings. Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels stated their goal is to keep order and protect the community, but one night during the riots, a few members of the group were attacked themselves by looters trying to break into a Manhattan Foot Locker. One of the Angels sustained injuries so severe he lost sight in one eye. “They were strictly there to cause as much damage as possible, loot as much as they could,” Guardian Angel Aram Sabet said. “They literally surrounded us, 150 people, with bats, hammers, crowbars, metal bats,” he said.

The Guardian Angels recounted that the looters had their sights set on the sneaker store first, then went to the McDonald’s nearby upon failing. They were grabbing whatever they could, and with no police around, it turned into a brawl.

“Forty-eight stitches, injuries to the eyebrow, left sinus is shattered, nose broken, I got a chipped tooth,” Sabet said.

He also lost sight in his left eye, and he and Sliwa say this all could’ve been prevented. “Hopefully the NYPD gets more aggressive,” Sliwa said. “But that’s only if (Mayor Bill) de Blasio lets them.”