Video from London shows a black street preacher being arrested for breach of the peace for telling passersby that “Jesus is on the way.” The video was posted to Twitter Saturday by the London based Eye on Antisemitism which said they filmed the arrest Saturday afternoon outside Southgate station. The group noted police told him he was accused of Islamophobia, which is not seen on the video, and accused him of being racist, which is on the video.
The preacher, a black man who is reportedly Nigerian, is seen being confronted by police who order him to leave. The man, who is holding a Bible, tells the two officers he will not leave as people must know that “Jesus is on the way.” One of the officers tells the man, “nobody wants to listen to that, they want you to go away.” The preacher tells the officer, “You will listen when you’re dead.”
The officer moves to handcuff the man while the other officer rips the Bible from the preacher’s hand. When the preacher pleads, “Do not take my Bible,” the officer tells him, “You should have thought of that before being racist.”
A group called Christian Concern volunteered to represent the preacher.
Eye on Antisemitism tweeted further information on the incident, saying they had it all on video and that they stopped a Muslim man from attacking the preacher. They added on Sunday that Christian Concern had lawyers now helping the preacher.
“Have the full video I stopped a Muslim guy from hitting him ! Stopped it getting nasty”
“I was there I can say this man was preaching and did nothing wrong had a hostile person near him . He was a bit loud .. but”
“The worst part of it was that when he was arrested and the preacher said please don’t take my Bible, the other policeman said well then you should’ve thought of that before you were racist?!!!”
“There was no islamophobia in the whole debate however the Muslim said his (the preachers ) bible was shit”