WEBSTER, Texas (AP) — Webster police used a Taser on a pastor and pepper spray to disperse members of his congregation Wednesday after they said the pastor tried to interfere with a traffic stop of a member of his church.
Jose Elias Moran, 42, was charged with interfering in the duties of a police officer during a traffic stop on the Iglesia Profetica Peniel parking lot southeast of Houston.
“This did not have to happen. It didn’t have to go this far,” Debbie Moran, the pastor’s 15-year-old daughter, said.
An incident report on the department’s Web site said Officer Raymond Berryman tried to calm Moran and arrest him. But police say he pushed the officer, went inside the church and returned with 40 other congregants.
Moran and his family disputed the police account.
Speaking from his hospital bed Wednesday night, Moran told The Associated Press that when he was told a member of the church had been stopped, he went outside to ask what was going on. He said he was told to go back inside and said the officer grabbed his shirt when he said “I’m the pastor.” Moran said he went back inside to get witnesses and the officer chased him and began to kick the door.
Now protests by religious people are unlawful and get you pepper sprayed and tased
(Should I say this again. Tasers kill people.)