New Orleans Cop-Turned-Minister Stands Out in Effort to Halt Murders

After dark on the last Sunday of 2008, the Rev. John Raphael, the cop-turned-pastor, changed clothes after the evening service at his New Hope Baptist Church and walked a few blocks to the South Claiborne Avenue neutral ground. He came simply to plant himself in full view at a major urban intersection, fasting, to bear witness against the shootings that ravage New Orleans.

After dark on the last Sunday of 2008, the Rev. John Raphael, the cop-turned-pastor, changed clothes after the evening service at his New Hope Baptist Church and walked a few blocks to the South Claiborne Avenue neutral ground. He came simply to plant himself in full view at a major urban intersection, fasting, to bear witness against the shootings that ravage New Orleans.

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