Outrageous 2 Pastors, 90-Year-Old Vet Arrested for Feeding Homeless in Fla.
Two local pastors and a World War II veteran were arrested and cited for feeding the homeless in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., thanks to a new city ordinance which makes it illegal to feed the needy in public.
The ordinance comes with a possible hefty punishment of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Father Mark Sims and World War II veteran Arnold Abbott, of the Maureen A. Abbott Love Thy Neighbor Fund, were two of the men cited for feeding the needy. They joined Gretchen Carlson on “The Real Story” to discuss.
Abbott has been feeding the homeless for 23 years, and he has no plans to stop.
“My beautiful angel wife and I used to feed the homeless […] we did it together for many years and upon her unfortunate, untimely death, I decided the best living memorial I could put together would be a full-time program in her name,” he said.
Abbott said the incident happened on Sunday. He started to fill a plate of food when he said a police officer grabbed his arm and told him to drop the plate, “as if I was carrying a weapon.”
Sims told Carlson that the ordinance passed makes it incredibly difficult to feed the needy.
“All we’re trying to do is feed people who are hungry,” he said.
Sims and Abbott said they will not stop feeding the homeless outdoors.
“I spent 50 years fighting for civil rights, and I’m not about to stop now,” Abbott said.
Watch the full interview above.