The pastor at The River at Tampa Bay Church in Tampa, Fla., was arrested for holding church services in violation of social distancing orders, but the charges were dropped by Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren. “Our office has determined that further prosecution or punishment would not provide increased protections for our community and is not needed to achieve any additional change in Pastor Howard-Browne’s behavior,” a statement said.
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