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Video: Mayor Simmons Attempts to Explain Church Ticketing

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Greenville Mayor Eririck Simpson held a conference Monday to attempt to explain what happened that resulted in eight GPD Officers writing $500 tickets to people gathered to listen to a church service, being broadcast from inside an empty church on East Reed Road via radio. Greenville’s emergency orders prohibit public gatherings of 10 people or more. And the mayor says the problem came when the public said some of the churchgoers rolled down their Windows and left their cars. However a Sonic’s Driver-In just 500 feet away is allowed to have people drive up, park, roll-down their winds and make and receiver food orders. The city is being sued by the church on freedom of religion issues. The U.S. Department of Justice and Governor Tate Reeves has sided with the Church. Simpson says the emergency order will continue to be enforced, so the attendees will have to keep their windows closed. Watch the full video of Simmons press conference at: http://localhost/ddn

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