Attorney Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, released a statement Friday calling the Howard-Browne’s arrest “politically motivated.”
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Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested March 30 on charges of unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules for holding services that drew large crowds despite coronavirus restrictions. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren dropped the charges on Friday. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office | Facebook]
Chronister said, Howard-Browne held services anyway, showing a “reckless disregard” for the congregation and the public.
“Our office has determined that further prosecution or punishment would not provide increased protections for our community and is not needed to achieve any additional change in Pastor Howard-Browne’s behavior,” the statement said.
“Neither the pastor nor The River at Tampa Bay Church did anything wrong," Staver said. “The arrest and the press conference were outrageous and caught the attention of the nation and the world.”