Bobby Jindal plans prayer rally at 11:30 a.m. on Capitol steps in honor of law enforcement _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during his prayer rally, The ORG XMIT: BAT1501241514234603

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will lead a prayer rally on the state Capitol steps this morning in honor of law enforcement.

Jindal, a Republican running for president, announced recently that he planned to declare Sept. 14 as a “statewide day of prayer for law enforcement.” Louisiana this year has had its worst spate of on-duty officer deaths in at least a decade.

Last Monday, the governor’s office released details about the Jindal-led rally slated for 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol.

“Louisiana law enforcement officers, public officials and faith leaders will come together to honor the commitment and sacrifice of our officers and pray for the men and women who selflessly serve our communities every day. The public is welcome to attend,” the release from the governor’s office states. “Governor Jindal also encourages communities across the state to organize their own events and join him in prayer on this day.”

The Response, a mass prayer rally featuring Jindal on LSU’s campus earlier this year, drew several hundred people, but prompted some criticism and a protest.

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