On a cool Thursday night, outside of the Shelby County Jail in Columbiana, about 50 people gathered in support of youth pastor Matt Pitt. Pitt, 30-years-old, is a popular youth evangelist and founder of the Basement Ministry which is credited to attracting thousands of adolescents to Christianity.
From t-shirts stating, "Free Matt Pitt" to a SUV wrapped with a " Free Pit" logo, recently supporters have launched visible efforts supporting their jailed leader.
In August 2013, Pitt was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer and is currently being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
Prior to his August arrest, Pitt agreed to conduct an interview at Alabama's 13 about the charges he faces. During the interview, he stressed he is not guilty.
You can view the interview here.
When Pitt left Alabama's 13, Birmingham Police arrested him on 20th Street near Vulcan. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, there was a struggle between Pitt and the arresting officers when he attempted to run from the police.
A hearing to determine if Pitt's probation should be revoked in Shelby County is now scheduled for Oct. 15.
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