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Source: An East Haven man apprehended by East Haven police on Jan. 23 is facing multiple charges stemming from an alleged assault on his mother that resulted in her hospitalization, though the arrest was made over the protests of a pastor who reportedly believed police did not have the authority to enter the church.
According to a press release from the East Haven Police Department, East Haven Fire Department personnel notified police that they were on scene of a serious domestic violence assault. The responding officer determined that a 59 year-old female had just been assaulted by her son, later identified as Ryan Champlin, 34, who had fled. The argument reportedly arose because the son doesn’t pay to live at the residence. The victim said she had tried to call 911, but Champlin prevented the call by pushing her to the ground. She reported that she was able to run into her bedroom and lock the door, but Champlin kicked the door down, grabbed her cordless phone, and struck her in the back of the head with it several times, breaking the phone before fleeing. The victim was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers received a tip that the suspect had been dropped off at the Old Stone Church, 251 Main Street, East Haven. Church employees were unsure if Champlin was inside, but invited officers in to look for him, according to the report. Champlin was found hiding in an upstairs office and taken into custody without further incident.
Soon after police took Champlin into custody, Old Stone Church Interim Pastor Rev. Care Goodstal-Spinks (whose identity police did not provide) parked her car so as to block in the police cruiser in which Champlin was held and stated her belief that the officers had no right to arrest someone inside the church, even for felony domestic violence charges.
Officers stated they would not release the suspect. The pastor, described in the report as “extremely irate,” physically attempted to block the police cruiser’s departure, but was prevented by another officer.
“It should be noted that the Old Stone Church runs a day care called the Old Stone Playschool out of the same building as the church,” the release states. “When Champlin entered the church, he had access to the entire interior of the church, including the day care area, which at the time appeared to only be occupied by teachers. We do not believe Champlin came in contact with any children.
“While the East Haven Police Department respects the sanctity of a church, we also owe it to victims of domestic violence to apprehend suspects who commit violent felony assaults. Officers were also cognizant of the fact that children attending day care might have been exposed to a fleeing felony suspect within the interior of the church. We feel that the decision to enter the church was the correct one in this particular situation.”
Oh look, another social justice warrior named “Care,” with a hyphenated last name, masquerading as a “pastor” to avoid paying taxes and push her political agenda. Never seen that before.
The best part is that two or three years ago these were the same morons clamoring for body cams. Now they got em and they’re basically being used to expose the madness of social justice warriors and the criminals they support.
This video shows once again just how reasonable police in this country are. Too reasonable if you ask me. They literally bend over backwards to try to please these people and explain things to them, but at the end of the day it’s like talking to a wall. They owed this woman NOTHING. There is no such thing as sanctuary in a church. It’s a myth. A myth that has become trendy ever since Trump got elected because undocumented immigrants run to churches now whenever ICE is coming.
She also blocked the police car. She should’ve been arrested. But they didn’t because cops are generally good, regular people, who don’t look to arrest people unless absolutely necessary. Because who wants to create more work at work?
This woman was not even at the church when this fat bastard declared “sanctuary.” And she has the nerve to suggest that the cops should wait for her to get there before apprehending him so she can be the hero and talk him down. Newsflash – this dude just beat his mother with a phone. He has no problem knocking out a pastor or hurting a child if it means that he’s free for 5 more minutes.
And according to the body camera the cops waited with him for 10 minutes and she never showed up:
Oops!! Thanks black lives matter!!
Look, I’m not one of these people who thinks churches should pay taxes. Mount Carmel is a church in Worcester that’s been around a million years and is closing down because they have no money because no one goes to church anymore. If churches had to pay taxes they would all close. But as long as they are a tax free entity they should have zero say in how our government functions. And no, they are not magical places where laws cease to exist. Have churches declared independence from the Union? No? Then cops can go inside of them. End of story.
Anyway, this woman isn’t even the real pastor. She’s an “interim.” She’s like that substitute teacher who still tried to make you do work. That’s why the church promptly announced that they were basically firing her as a result of the embarrassment she brought upon them:
Looks like Care Goodstal-Spinks is gonna have to polish off the ol’ resume and bust out the yoga mat: