Pastor calls Congressman Brooks’ words at D.C. rally irresponsible
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The events in D.C. Wednesday are causing most everyone to stop and think.
But it’s causing others to speak out.
The pastor of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville reached out to WAFF. Travis Collins says he felt compelled to speak up about what happened before the Capitol was breached.
But he says he is speaking for himself, not his congregation
Comments from Congressman Mo Brooks at the Save America rally before Wednesday’s riots have generated a lot of criticism.
First Baptist Church of Huntsville Pastor Travis Collins calls them irresponsible.
“Some people would say as a pastor I should just preach, visit the sick and keep my mouth shut. But I’m a citizen too. I’m a pro-life, family values guy. But I don’t care if you’ve got a D or an R or an I in front of your name. When I hear a hint of a threat of violence, as I heard yesterday, I have both a right and responsibility to say, this is not right,” Collins said.
Just three hours after Brooks’ speech, thousands of people stormed the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund says people used metal pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons to barge their way inside.
“Did he intend for people to storm the chambers, probably not. But you have to know, when you stand in front of an angry crowd and say, ‘today we’re going to start kicking some you know what,’ that they’re like, ‘heck yeah, here we go,’” Collins said.
Congressman Brooks later tweeted saying, “I always condemn lawlessness and violence of any kind and in the strongest terms.”
However, Brooks is not the only one being criticized..
The response from area law enforcement is also being looked at.
David Person with the Rosa Parks Day Committee says the fault lies with the protestors but; “It appears as so law enforcement has a different psychological approach and strategic approach to dealing with black lives matter protesters than they do with others,” Person said.
Chief Sund released a statement saying in part;
“The actions of the USCP officers were heroic given the situation they faced, and I continue to have tremendous respect in the professionalism and dedication of the women and men of the United States Capitol Police,” Sund said.
The announcement comes after the head of the department’s union called for “a change at the top.”
Earlier today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also called for Sund to resign.
According to a police spokeswoman, Sund’s resignation will go into effect on January 16, a few days ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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