Florida Pastor Arrested After Church Services Goes Viral, Despite Governors’ COVID-19 Orders
By NBC // April 1, 2020
Authorities called it "reckless disregard for human life"
TAMPA, FLORIDA (NBC) – Sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested the head of a Florida church, accusing him of ignoring local orders against mass gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic and showing “reckless disregard for human life,” authorities said.
The River at Tampa Bay church held services over the weekend, and Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said he had no choice but to take action against the pastor, Rodney Howard-Browne.
“Last night I made the decision to seek an arrest warrant for the pastor of a local church who intentionally and repeatedly chose to disregard the orders set in place by our president, our governor, the CDC and the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group,” Chronister told reporters.
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