Local GOP Candidate Cited, Arrested After Not Wearing Mask At Church Event

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Republican Gabriel Rench was arrested but not charged for allegedly refusing to identify himself to police.

According to Moscow-Pullman Daily News, a Republican candidate for local office was among three people arrested in Moscow, Idaho, on Wednesday after allegedly violating public health orders amid the pandemic.

Latah County Commission candidate Gabriel Rench was one of five people cited for allegedly violating Moscow’s mask order, Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said Wednesday.

Of the five cited Wednesday, two also were arrested for suspicion of resisting or obstructing an officer. Rench, was arrested but not charged with allegedly refusing to identify himself to police, Fry said.

The “flash psalm sing” event involved about 150 people, according to the report. City Attorney Mia Bautista said the event “appeared to be in violation of the city’s face mask/social distancing order and police ‘acted appropriately’ and were ‘within their authority’ to cite and arrest,” The Daily News reported.

The Republican candidate said he intended to participate in another singing event scheduled for Thursday evening:

“I’ll do round two, man,” Rench said. “I’ll do round two for sure, you know. I hope it doesn’t go that way. I have a First Amendment right to do this and the cops are breaking their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States that they swore they would.”

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