The national news has been reporting on Louisiana pastor Tony Spell and his violations of the coronavirus outbreak. Now he has been arrested for nearly backing into a protestor with a church bus. CBS News reports on the arrest.
The pastor turned himself in after police issued an arrest warrant. He has been cited with aggravated assault and improper backing. Police say he also has other outstanding warrants in nearby cities. Because his charges involve violence, he will be booked into prison.
Video shows the pastor accelerating in reverse and stopping short of a protestor. People have been protesting near the church due to the social distancing violations. There have also been others waiting to see what the police will do.
The pastor admitted that he was driving the bus and wanted to confront the protestor, but his wife stopped him. The pastor says that the protestor was showing obscenities, but the protestor denies it. He just wants the church closed down like everything else right now to keep the community safe.
The pastor believes that the virus is “politically motivated” and that the shutdowns are an attack on religious liberties. He says that his assistant pastors will step in and run services in defiance of the ban. Time will tell if that will happen.
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