06/19/2013 12:21 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Night Angels: A Different Breed Of Crime-Fighter Responds To Anti-Gay Violence

It's a little past 11 on a balmy June night. Jack Zero stands in a patch of yellow light on the corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue, wearing a Kevlar vest and cradling a skateboard modified with forearm straps for use as a riot shield.

When he spots two more people in Kevlar outside the subway station—a martial arts instructor and a young woman packing a foot-long flashlight—he quickly crosses the street, prepared for the night's crime watch.

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