Morgan Webb of G4 has a new show called G4 Underground. I am actually watching an episode right now. It's abut a real life crime fighter, a guy going by the name Dark Guardian. He's based in New York, seems to spend a lot of his time patrolling various rough neighborhoods in Manhattan, and mentioned in his interview that he was born and raised in Brooklyn.
The guys got guts. He just approached a guy in Washington Park, an alleged drug dealer, and told him to take a hike or he was going to call the cops. The guy left. But Dark Guardian may have been able to hold his own if it came to blows, he's been studying martial arts for ten years and has a trainer, Mike, who helps him train every day. Whether he's any good or not I have no idea since I'm convinced with the right editing I could look like Mike Tyson hitting a heavy bag, but I will tell you this, I wouldn't mess with him.
But here's something interesting. Morgan Webb, who as far as I can tell only introduces the segments, I haven't seen her actually talking to anyone...but Ms. Webb said that Dark Guardian would only give G4 an interview if they promised not to reveal his "secret" identity. I put secret in quotes because the guy doesn't hide his face at all, his only attempt at a disguise being a pair of very transparent goggles. But there's more to it. While the segment was still on I Googled Dark Guardian and found and article from the New York Post about a handful of New York crime fighters, Dark Guardian among them. In the article, I learned that, as of April 11, 2010, Dark Guardian, aka Chris Pollak, was a 25 year old man currently living in Staten Island. So really, preserving his "secret" identity was just a dumb something or other done by either him or G4 producers. Either way, it's stupid.
Guardian isn't alone in the crime fighting business (I don't know about being alone in being dumb enough to tell your name to one major news source only to deny it to another later) and apparently there is a whole movement, which you can learn about at http://www.reallifesuperheroes.com/ and http://www.reallifesuperheroes.org/. Say what you want about them, at least they're trying.
Yeah, that's him. He wears a biker jacket. At least he'll be safe if he trips on the sidewalk...