After arresting a Pennsylvania father of 7 in front of his family at gunpoint, they do it again to a Tennessee father of 11.
Weeks after the Department of Justice’s controversial early morning arrest of a Pennsylvania father of seven, agents again employed staggering force to arrest a Tennessee man on charges of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. Now, Congressional lawmakers want an inquiry to be opened to investigate the department’s action, which comes as the DOJ reported 11 more individuals arrested on similar charges.
The controversy began on September 23, when the FBI arrested Mark Houck, 48, for allegedly violating the FACE Act during a protest outside an abortion clinic, in October 2021. Houck is accused of twice assaulting a 72-year-old man identified by the DOJ as “B.L.” In both instances Houck allegedly pushed the man to the ground, with the second push causing injury.
A report from the Christian Post, however, presents Houck’s side of the story, which suggests that “B.L.” started the altercation. According to Houck, “B.L.” was harassing him and his son, so the two tried to walk away. “B.L.” is said to have followed the pair and directed the majority of his ire at Houck’s son. This continuing harassment led Houck to push the man away.
Nearly one year after these events, the FBI burst into Houck’s home just after dawn, with guns drawn, and arrested Houck in front of his wife and seven children. The staggering show of force has drawn sharp criticism from pro-life leaders, and politicians have accused the FBI of using Houck as an example to further the current administration’s agenda. If convicted, Houck can face up to 11 years in prison and fines in excess of $350,000.
Now, the FBI is in the spotlight again as footage of another arrest has emerged on Twitter. The video, which begins after the officials arrested Paul Vaughn on similar FACE Act violations, shows FBI agents refusing to answer Vaughn’s wife’s questions about the arrest.