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GUARDIAN ANGEL IS ANTI-ART WHEN THE ART IS `ANTI-COP’

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Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa was arrested with five of his followers as they tried to paint over a public art exhibit in New York that Sliwa called "anti-cop."

Sliwa and the others were armed with paint and rollers Sunday, but police intervened before they could vandalize the exhibit. They were charged with criminal mischief and released, said Sgt. Joseph Gallagher.Sliwa said one painting shows four young men aiming guns at police officers who are bleeding from gunshot wounds. The exhibit is on display at a Civil War memorial in the borough of Brooklyn.

"We're spending money to help advocate the killing of cops, in a monument to our war dead?" Sliwa said. "We decided to take matters in our own hands."

Sliwa, 40, is a talk show host on WNYC Radio. In 1979 he founded the Guardian Angels, a volunteer anti-crime patrol whose members sport red berets.