Two Christian evangelist men were arrested on June 13 at the annual Taste of Country food and music event in Springfield, Tennessee.
An unidentified person filmed the police encounters, but replaced the audio with dramatic music (video below). The police appear to calmly be talking to the men and others in their group before the arrests.
Springfield Police Chief David Thompson said, "They were these 'street preachers' who were very loud and disruptive and told to tone it down. They were asked to follow the code of conduct posted for the event. But they were exhibiting aggressive behavior," noted The Tennessean.
Thompson claimed two of men were belligerent, told bystanders they were "sinners" and on their way to eternal hell.
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"They were holding up a sign showing a photo of an aborted fetus. We gave these guys every opportunity to back down, but they were looking for a fight," Thompson said.
John Davis and John McGlone were both arrested and charged for disorderly conduct, but bailed out of jail the same night.
The Taste of Country event is planned by the local chamber of commerce, which posts conduct rules that do not allow solicitation without authorization, harassment or offensive speech.
Jordan Osborne, vice president of operations of the chamber of commerce, stated, "They were hostile, pointing at people. They called me a 'Jezebel' and told me I was going to hell. When you see people wanting to fight, it's scary."
"We worked very hard at putting this family event together for the community. These guys came in and tried to take it hostage," Osborne added.
According to the Friendly Atheist, the evangelists acted as if they were the victims in their video (below), which kicks in the audio at the 3:09 mark when the men are released from jail and speak about their experience with their group.
One member of Christian group, wearing a "Be Holy Or Be Damned" T-shirt, claims they came to the event "to lift up the name of Jesus."
One of the men, who was arrested, stated: "These are kind of like training wheels. Seven or eight hours in the jail cell are kind of like training wheels to get us ready for real, real persecution, real burdens, the chains, the things that the saints of God overseas are suffering right now. We were talking about Pastor Saeed Abedini over in Iran, Tehran, has been there over three years."