In the second documented act of police brutality in less than a week, Texas police officers are accused of displaying more force than needed on a man, a pastor, and his congregation. Jose Moran, Pastor of the Iglesia Profetica Peniel Church, was arrested early Wednesday morning; the official charge against him was interfering with the duties of a public servant. Moran’s son and members of his congregation were adamant to the contrary and insist that the good pastor was only trying to help.
The 42-year old man, who identified himself as the church’s pastor to the officers, was tasered after one of the officers told Moran to vacate the premises. Members of the congregations descended upon their fallen pastor and was subsequently pepper-sprayed, an act that the officers justified by citing a need to disperse the crowd.
Pastor Moran has heart problems and has been hospitalized since the incident. The police say that he has been treated and released.