NBC News reports:
A Louisiana pastor who continues to flout a ban on large gatherings was issued a summons from police for violating the governor’s executive order.
The pastor, Mark Anthony Spell, who goes by Tony, of Life Tabernacle Church, told NBC News in a brief phone interview Tuesday afternoon that police had given him the summonses for the six services he has held since March 16, when Gov. John Bel Edwards announced an order against gatherings of more than 50 people.
Spell said he hosted about 500 worshipers at a service Sunday at the church in Central, a city of nearly 29,000 near Baton Rouge. In a statement Tuesday, the Central Police Department said Spell was issued a misdemeanor summons for six counts of violating the governor’s executive order following his decision to host multiple large gatherings.
As I reported yesterday, Spell says the coronavirus is a “politically motivated” hoax. Yeah.
“Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion,” Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran said of Louisiana pastor Tony Spell.https://t.co/JHmlvzC8za via @nbcnews
— Janelle Fiona Griffith (@janellefiona) March 31, 2020
Tony Spell is a MAGA Lunatic in Louisiana who keeps defying mandatory stay-at-home orders, gathering thousands of people to his Church.
He’s now been charged with 6 counts of defying a govt order.
This asshole is still vowing to hold public gatherings.
LOCK HIM UP ALREADY.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 31, 2020
Life Tabernacle Church Pastor Tony Spell will be charged with six counts of disobeying the powers of government. One count for each gathering since the Governor’s orders. https://t.co/rV0OAQhWqP
— KLFY NEWS 10 (@KLFY) March 31, 2020