‘God’s Army’ works to stop the local crime in Arizona
Former NYPD officers create their own police, while the preaching of the gospel.
They call themselves “God’s Army.”
A group of former law enforcement officials and ex-military are preaching and combat crime in the streets of Phoenix. The group even has police-like uniforms adorned with the name of the group and “Jesus.” The mission of the group, which has about 50 members, is to add another layer of crime prevention in the city, with a touch of religion.
“We are the military, police background and experience,” Richard Tamayo told FOX 10 Phoenix. “We go to the streets wearing this uniform, the glorification of Jesus, go in the areas that are affected by crime.”
But critics say that God’s Army is a vigilante group run amok – and that they need to leave police work to the city of the police.
A group that call themselves “God’s Army” is patrolling the streets of Phoeniz, Arizona in the name of Jesus.
“My concern is if these ‘Agents of God’, or whatever they call themselves are not coordinating with the local police, I see vigilante-type mentality,” Eric Wasson, owner of the store, told Fox 10.
Wasson, however, said he is grateful for the efforts of the group.
When asked to comment about the group, the spokesman of the Phoenix Police Department told FOX 10, “I don’t think we have anything to contribute to this story.”
God’s Army is similar to The Guardian Angels in New York, made famous for patrolling the subways at night, wearing a signature red jackets and berets since 1979.
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Tamayo, who is a former New York police officer and now a pastor, said that his goal is to call 911 with tips, so that the police would make arrests. He founded the group in 2005, and the association hopes to expand eventually to Los Angeles, and New York.
The priest spent Tuesday in North Phoenix with fellow ex-NYPD officer Brandon Garibaldi in an area where two stores were robbed recently are doing their part to “work the case.”
Tamayo stressed he is not looking for trouble, but he is ready if he found himself in a situation.
“I have handcuffs, pepper spray, magazine, 9 mm glock,” he said.