Pastor Tony Spell was once known among Pentecostals for smashing old box television sets in revival services, now he is known nationally as the leading pastor who is refusing to stop holding full church services amid the coronavirus epidemic.
Now we can add another itme to that list as the Central Police in Louisiana have arrested Pastor Spell after a complaint was filed alleging that he backed a bus towards a protestor. The Central Police Department are making this arrest based on video evidence of Pastor Spell backing the church-owned bus towards the protestor, accelerating in reverse and stopping just a few feet from the man who was carrying a sign in front of the church.
When asked by local news station WAFB, Pastor Spell admitted that he was driving the bus that nearly struck the protestor and that he had intended on getting out of the bus and confronting the protestor as well, but his wife convinced him that this was unwise. He was quoted as saying “That man has been in front of my church driveway for three weeks now. He shoots people obscene finger gestures and shouts vulgarities.”
Pastor Spell continues saying that he “was pulling in from my bus route, picking up black children who haven’t eaten because of this sinister policy that has closed schools.”
Troy Bennett is identified as the protestor Pastor Spell is referring to. He has denied that he has used any profanity or obscene gestures, however he does want Spell to stop holding services for the sake of the health of their shared community. He stated “Just trying to raise awareness so that people will demand this place gest closed down.”
This charge is in addition to his six misdemeanors for disobeying the stay-at-home order in place in the state of Louisiana. In addition to Pastor Spell, a second arrest warrant is out for the driver of a white pickup who nearly hit Bennett while standing on the side of the road near the church.