THANK GOD – PREACHER WINS: Christian street preacher wins wrongful arrest and false imprisonment case for preaching the Gospel [#ThankGod #UKPersecution] 06/26
A Christian street preacher has won damages after he was wrongfully arrested and falsely imprisoned for preaching the Gospel.
David McConnell had been preaching in Huddersfield town center in West Yorkshire, England in UK in December 2019 when he was arrested for “a hate related public order offense”.
David McConnell who was supported in his case by The Christian Institute, was kept in police custody for about 6 hours before being released without charge.
While David McConnell was preaching, some passers-by stopped to heckle him, asking him questions about sexuality and abortion – even though he had not been preaching on either subject.
But David McConnell was subsequently arrested and taken to Huddersfield police station without being told the offense he had allegedly committed, other than the suggestion it was for “a hate related public order offense” and “for preaching on gay rights and abortion”.
During his time in custody, one police sergeant listened to David McConnell’s recording of his preaching and concluded that no offense had been committed, so the preacher was released without charge.
David McConnell took legal action, and last month West Yorkshire Police admitted liability in court papers, agreeing to pay £3,250 in damages – plus his legal costs.
The preacher David McConnell said:
“I don’t blame the police for responding to the call. But they should have asked me for my side of the story instead of just arresting me.”
“They also got it wrong by not telling me what they were arresting me for. Anyone who has ever watched TV knows the police have to tell you what law you’re supposed to have broken but these officers never did.”
“They just said ‘when you get to custody we’ll explain why you are arrested’.”
David McConnell said that when he was released, the desk sergeant mentioned another case in which a judge upheld street preachers’ freedoms.
In that case, the judge said:
“Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and the provocative provided it does not tend to provoke violence. Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having.”
I’m glad I’m able to continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ
David McConnell concluded:
“I’m thankful that the police have admitted what they did was unlawful. It was a very distressing experience for me. But I’m glad I can put it behind me.”
“I have to say that, when I am preaching now, the police in Huddersfield are very good with me. I’m glad I’m able to continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ.”
BIG BREAKING NEWS – PREACHER WINS: Christian street preacher wins wrongful arrest and false imprisonment case for preaching the Gospel [#UKPersecution] 06/26
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