It’s 9:50 on a Wednesday night, in the Safeway parking lot
on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. I’m looking into the
passenger-side window of a gray Chevy Tahoe, with $160 in my fist.
Michael Johnson is a 43-year-old father of seven who
normally wears a pressed white shirt and tie. On Sundays he’s a minister
at the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church. On weekdays he runs Take
III, a nonprofit gang-outreach group, out of his house in Northeast