A video capturing the arrest of a man preaching on the streets of London is going viral, as the man is told by one of the officers that “nobody wants to listen to that.”
The unidentified black man, tagged on social media as a preacher, is seen being approached by a couple of bobbies, who accuse him of being racist.
According to a tweet from London based Eye on Antisemitism, which included the video, the officers said that people accused him of Islamophobia — the short clip the group shared does not capture anything that would be prompt the accusation.
The tweet read: “A Christian preacher this afternoon was arrested at Southgate station London N14 for preaching about Jesus.
@CConcern the police told him it’s because public had said he was being islamophobic. We have the full video and wondered when preaching was now illegal?”
A Christian preacher this afternoon was arrested at Southgate station London N14 for preaching about Jesus . @CConcern the police told him it’s because public had said he was being islamophobic . We have the full video and wondered when preaching was now illegal ? @Campaign4T pic.twitter.com/ZxC1DhlZCf
— Eye On Antisemitism (@AntisemitismEye) February 23, 2019
“What are you doing here?” the officer can be heard asking the man.
“I am preaching,” he responded.
“You’re preaching,” the officer said, repeating the man’s words. “I am going to require you to go away.”
“You can never!” the man exclaimed.
Except the police officer can, as this isn’t the United States of America and there is no Constitution guaranteeing the right to free speech.
“Okay, then I will arrest you for breach of peace, plain and simple,” the officer tells the man, who then asked, “What breach of peace?”
“It’s what you’re doing at the moment,” the officer replied. “You’re posing problems. You’re disturbing people’s days, and you’re breaching their peace.”
He tells the man if he won’t go away voluntarily, they’ll have to arrest him.
“I will not go away because I need to tell them the truth,” the man insisted. “Jesus is the only way, the truth and life, and nobody…”
“I appreciate that, but nobody wants to listen to that,” the officer interrupted. “They want you to go away.”
“Oh, you don’t want to listen to that? You will listen when you’re dead,” the preacher warned.
And that’s when the police officer ran out of patience and begins handcuffing the man as his partner ripped his Bible from his hand.
“Don’t take my Bible away,” he pleads.
“You should have thought of that before being racist,” the officer told the man.
It appears that the man was arrested for being a nuisance and not for preaching, not that you can determine as much from the video.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from social media users who’ve reached their own conclusion on the issue:
— every life matters (@RockofLifeNI) February 25, 2019
WATCH | Muslim preacher vs Christian preacher pic.twitter.com/jXfwWCy28V
— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) February 24, 2019
Dear @metpoliceuk,it has now been a full day since 2 policemen arrested this Christian preacher in London,many of us are expecting you to make a statement about this arrest. We want to know his crime. I suspect that like me he is Nigerian so this is important to me.
Pls respond. https://t.co/VqfYhstA6R
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) February 24, 2019
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