The incident had maintained a calm tone until a supervising officer arrived at the scene. She, being much less cordial, began demanding Pastor Jeff’s identification and stated that she was officially issuing him a warning for using amplification.
“Officer, you can’t do that unless you have a calibrated meter, according to the city code,” Pastor Durbin reminded her. The supervisor sharply replied, “Oh, we can.”
After further refusal from the officer to cite or even read the law, Pastor Jeff proclaimed, “I reject your warning. We are going to continue to use sound amplification because it’s our constitutional right. If you try to violate our constitutional rights, we will sue you and the city of Tempe.”
Durbin then continued to rebuke the officer: “You are engaging in thuggish, oppressive, unconstitutional behavior. Officer, you need to repent of your lawless conduct… You don’t know the law, and yet you pretend to represent it… You will be sued, sir. This entire activity has been documented on video.”
After the police had left the scene, Pastor Jeff explained for viewers, “If Christians don’t actually stand on what the law is, and actually confront lawless behavior of police officers, they will continue to oppress people, they will continue to perpetuate injustice, they will continue to violate our rights. And they will actually try to halt ministries like this that work to rescue children.”
Durbin has reported that the City of Tempe is actively “trying to apply pressure” to curb their abortion street ministry. A few weeks ago, Durbin says, the City of Tempe “literally tried to grab” their pro-life slogan signs. “We were able to stop that. I talked to the City of Tempe and they backed off. It was right after that the police department started harassing us.”
You can view the entire altercation in the video below: