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Missouri pastor apologizes for posting video of a woman in a wheelchair getting towed by a pickup truck
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- Pastor Lamond Rushing posted a video on Facebook of a wheelchair user
- The video of Becky Kittrell being towed was shared 11,000 times
- He apologized and deleted the video which some thought was cruel to post
A Kansas City pastor is asking for forgiveness after posting a video of a woman in a wheelchair getting towed by a pickup truck.
On Saturday, pastor Lamond Rushing saw Becky Kittrell hitch her wheelchair to a Toyota Tundra and get pulled down the street.
Mr Rushing of Faith Worship Family Center filmed the towing and posted it on Facebook where it was shared more than 11,000 times over the weekend.
In the video Mr Rushing says: 'Only in Kansas City. Only in Kansas City. Do y'all see this right here?'
Ms Kittrell does not have a Facebook and learned she was a Kansas City internet sensation through her son.
Many of the comments on the video lampooned Ms Kittrell whereas others questioned whether or not Mr Rushing was speaking from the cyberbully pulpit.
Ms Kittrell said Mr Rushing should have helped her rather than filmed her being towed
Ms Kittrell said she was freezing cold and wanted to get home as soon as possible
Ms Kittrell told Fox 4 News she was freezing cold and just wanted to get home. Her power wheelchair was broken and the low in Kansas City that day was seven degrees.
She told the station: 'If I get stuck for a period of time and stuff, I get so cold I'll be like, "I have to get home."'
She said the people who towed her were being good Samaritans and saw irony in how the pastor filmed the incident instead of offering to help.
Mr Rushing deleted the video of Ms Kittrell being towed. He said he didn't notice the cruelty until he read the comments section
Ms Kittrell said: 'He should have just came and asked me something, if I needed some help or something.'
Mr Rushing said he only posted the video because he had not seen anything like it before. He said his intention was not to hurt Ms Kittrell.
Mr Rushing also said he didn't notice anything cruel about the post until he read the comments.
He deleted the video but not before it was picked up by other video sites where the mocking continued.
He said: 'I would apologize from the bottom of my heart. I would never ever intend to try to make fun of her or anything like that.'