Police reportedly arrested three people — Gabriel Rench, Rachel Bohnet, and Sean Bohnet — while they participated in a church “psalm sing” protest against Mayor Bill Lambert’s life-saving mask mandate in Moscow, Idaho, on Sept. 23 (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
The Lewiston Tribune reports that five people were cited for not wearing a mask or social distancing. Two of the five, the Bohnets, were also arrested for suspicion of resisting or obstructing an officer, while Rench was arrested, but not charged, with allegedly refusing to identify himself to police.
Rench told police: “You guys should not be doing this. And doing this kind of crap for the mayor, this is embarrassing. You guys are stronger than this.”
Later, the same day, Rench complained on his radio show about his arrest:
I got booked in jail; I was in jail for about two hours. And as they were de-booking me, or whatever they call it, I’m walking out and I go by their office, which is right next to where I’m getting booked out. And there’s three deputies in the officer, and two of them aren’t wearing masks and sitting right next to each other. And I said, “Hey, should they get arrested?“
Rev. Ben Zornes, a Christ Church pastor and organizer of the event, told The Lewiston Tribune that the protests oppose “largely groundless” laws (which are based on science):
We wanted to make a statement we’re ready to head back to normal.