Heavily Armed FBI Agents Arrest TN Man In Front Of Children, Wife For Involvement In Peaceful Abortion Protest

Image Credit: Screenshots of Video by Paul Vaughn

The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Last week, we reported that multiple individuals have been recently charged for peacefully protesting at an abortion facility in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee in 2021.

In an article by senior reporter Mary Margaret Olohan written for The Daily Signal, it has been revealed that one of the individuals was taken away by heavily-armed FBI agents in handcuffs in front of his children and wife.

As part of a “rescue” in March of 2021, a group of individuals committed to saving the lives of pre-born children visited the Carafem abortion center in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. This event was meant to reach women seeking abortions trying to persuade them to choose life for the unborn children instead. 

Although this event took place over a year ago, the FBI visited the home of a Centreville, Tennessee man to arrest him and take him away in front of his wife and children.

Paul Vaughn, father of 11 children, is facing charges, along with 10 other individuals, for “conspiracy against rights secured by the FACE Act, and committing FACE Act violations. 

According to an interview with the Daily Signal, the FBI came to the door of Vaughn’s home, “guns pointed at the door, banging on the house, yelling and screaming, ‘Open up. FBI,’ that kind of thing. When I opened the door and saw the guns pointed at me, I asked them what they wanted, who they were looking for, and they said they wanted me,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn reports that at the time of the incident, some of his children were in his yard making their way to his car for him to take them to school, with other children still in their home.

“Seeing that the easiest path to de-escalation was me in handcuffs, I stepped outside and put an end to the ranting and the banging and the yelling,” Vaughn said.

After the FBI handcuffed Vaughn and placed him in an unmarked vehicle, his wife, who had been inside their home with their 18-month old baby, came outside and videotaped the conversation with agents.

Some of the agents were armed with machine guns and all were wearing bulletproof vests.

“I wanna know why you were banging on my door with a gun,” Vaughn’s wife said. “Are you not going to tell me anything?”

“No, we are not,” one agent replies, while another adds, “I tried.”

“No, you didn’t!” she shouts back. “You did not try.”

Vaughn’s wife also asked for the name of one of the agents and any information that he might provide. The agent replied by closing the vehicle’s door in her face and driving away.

Not including Vaughn, 10 more individuals that participated in the Mt. Juliet protest that was previously declared as nonviolent were charged.

Chester Gallagher, 73, of Lebanon, Tennessee; Heather Idoni, 58; Calvin Zastrow, 57; and Caroline Davis, 24; all of Michigan; Coleman Boyd, 51, of Bolton, Mississippi; Dennis Green, 56, of Cumberland, Virginia; Eva Edl, 87, of Aiken South Carolina; Eva Zastro, 24, of Dover, Arkansas; James Zastro, 25, of Eldon, Missouri; and Paul Place, 24, of Centerville, Tennessee. 

The DOJ press release states that “All defendants will have appearances scheduled in U.S. District Court in Nashville at a later date.”

The charges in the indictment are as follows: 

The indictment alleges that, beginning in February 2021, Chester Gallagher utilized social media to promote a series of anti-abortion events scheduled for March 4-7, 2021, in the Nashville area. Other co-conspirators then utilized Facebook to coordinate travel and logistics and to identify other participants for the blockade. On March 4, 2021, Coleman Boyd and Chester Gallager advertised the blockade of the Carafem Health Center Clinic, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, which was planned for the following day. In his social media post, Gallagher referred to the blockade as a “rescue.”

Boyd also began a Facebook livestream broadcast of the clinic blockade at 7:45 a.m. on March 5, 2021. This livestream broadcast was titled, in part, “Mt. Juliet, TN Rescue March 5, 2021,” and live streamed the blockade event as his co-conspirators and others blocked the clinic’s entry doors and prevented a patient and an employee from entering. The livestream also broadcast members of the group attempting to engage a patient and her companion as Boyd told his livestream audience that the patient was a “mom coming to kill her baby.”

During the protest, the individuals lined the inside hallways of a general medical office building, where the Carafem abortion facility is located. They prayed and sang. Several participants were arrested that day and were later released after posting bail for misdemeanor trespass charges. 

Vaughn told The Daily Signal that he was not arrested on the day of the blockade.

He shared that he is the father of 11 children. His oldest is 27 and his youngest is 18 months. Four of his children are married, and seven of them still live at his home.

Vaughn said, “What I told the agents that arrested me on the ride into town since we had a nice hour of fellowship, is that it’s a beautiful tactic?  If you want to suppress free speech and you want to strike fear and intimidation into opposition and you weaponize justice to go after someone, to suppress, if you can get a large family, you get all the children.”

“And all the children have this memory growing up of the big, bad agents banging on the door and taking away dad,” Vaughn said, “And they have an innate sense of fear now that they have to overcome in their life to oppose anything that is put upon them.”

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com

4 thoughts on “Heavily Armed FBI Agents Arrest TN Man In Front Of Children, Wife For Involvement In Peaceful Abortion Protest

  • October 12, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    It is past time for the FBI to be completely overhauled or disbanded. They have become the pawn of the far left and their attack dogs against anyone who disagrees with the insanity spouted by the left. Once the most respected agency in the free world, they have become a dangerous laughingstock.

  • October 12, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Time for justice to come home to the FBI and the use of them to further a agenda from the left. I know there are good agents in all departments that disagree with the corrupt policies but want to keep their jobs too. Needs to be a major housecleaning from the top down.

  • October 12, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    When will Americans stop their ignorance. The FACE Act does not have jurisdiction in the 50 States of the Union. Under what clause of power granted to Congress is this law supposed to fall under? The answer is two: Article 1, Section 8, clause 17 (“To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever over such District [D.C.] …” and Article IV, section 3, Clause 2. (Look it up and read it) Neither of these include any territory under the sovereignty of the State of Tennessee, nor its citizens. The 10th Amendment reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States [government] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the [sovereign] States [of the Union], are reserved to the [sovereign] States [of the Union] respectively, or to the people. The Federal government is strictly forbidden by this clause.
    The statutory terms used within many federal laws to dupe Americans are, “United States”, “state”, and “citizen”. Look up ALL of the definitions of the terms “state” and “citizen” in your dictionary. Nowhere (except in our Constitution) limit the term “state” to a sovereign state. The term “citizen” is generally used in the “domicile” or “resident” meaning, not one’s political nationality.
    The term “United States” holds several different meanings, two of which are opposed. See U.S. Supreme Court Hooven & Allison Co. v. Evatt (1945) pgs. 671-672, among many others. Also see Black’s Law Dict. 5th Edition. The term is the general name for the Federal Government as used predominantly in the U.S. Constitution. In the Constitution, the term is also used for the “Sovereign States” united under the Constitution, yet the formal name of our Union is the U.S.A. This is opposite of the meaning of the statutory term “United States” when used in federal law to describe the territorial jurisdiction of their laws. Their laws are for their “states” and are not for our Union. We have our own sovereignty and our own legislative representatives with our own citizens to which to govern. The District of Columbia is a “state” but it is not any more a sovereign “state” than Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or America Samoa, yet these states are under the exclusive legislative control of Congress, ie “sovereignty”. Congress wrote most of its legislation to govern its “states” and citizens but the last two “Territories” have all been incorporated into the Union (1959).
    The statutory term “United States” is generally restricted to D.C. these days, but is used in law to make it appear the federal government has authority over you when this is strictly forbidden unless you are a foreigner, or involved in interstate commerce, crime, U.S. securities, or a federal employee, or under contract and doing business with the federal government. (Federally licensed, importer, manufacturer of military weapons, etc.)
    Start reading the statutory definitions within these laws. Start with the FACE Act then maybe read the Federal Firearms Act, Etc. The actors presently in Congress are not your friends. The State of Tennessee (Sheriffs) are supposed to be protecting its citizens from these federal agencies acting like the mafia.

  • October 12, 2022 at 8:04 pm


    Do you think for a minute that these raids are occurring with out the explicit knowledge & consent of:
    POTUS Joe Biden
    VPOTUS C. Harris
    Head of FBI
    US Attorneys in area of occurrence:
    etc. etc.

    Such raids are timely “Get Out The Vote” prompts.” We must do what we can NOW!.

    More resistance to follow.


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