Rep. Andy Harris to ask DOJ to investigate fine on Baltimore area church

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., speaks during a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing about the COVID-19 response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 11:26 AM PT — Friday, June 12, 2020

Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) is siding with a Baltimore area church that was fined for opening despite ongoing coronavirus lockdowns.

Rep. Harris told reporters he will enlist the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the citation given to Calvary Baptist Church if the fine is not lifted by Tuesday.

Last week, Baltimore County said the church broke a code citing unsafe structures. However, the congregation’s leader, Stacey Shiflet, has argued his facilities are extremely safe. Shiflet said he’s never put his members health at risk while exercising their First Amendment right.

The church first reopened in may at a limited capacity and leaders said they have followed strict public health safety guidelines since opening back up.

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