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January 28, 2013
Off-duty cop's "soul patrol"
Posted by Staff
The Washington Post:

In the twilight of a recent Friday evening, Kevin Copeland was neatly stacking fliers and Bibles on a concrete slab at his ad-hoc post outside the Anacostia Neighborhood Library when he spotted two men walking up Good Hope Road. He seized the opportunity.

“I’m Brother Copeland,’’ he said, smiling broadly as he approached the men and shook their hands.

“Hope y’all are doing all right. Y’all got some job training?” he asked Christopher Taylor, 23, and Lynard Mayrant, 26.

As it happened, the men had just completed a fruitless, day-long, job hunt. They had gone from Eastover Shopping Center in Oxon Hill to Chinatown in the District. They had hit up a McDonald’s, a Downtown Locker Room, a Shoe City. Nothing.

Copeland shoved fliers for a nearby job training program into the men’s hands. Then he quickly pivoted to his true purpose: spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
01/28/13 8:25 AM
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