Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has written to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, asking for guidance to be issued immediately to all officers concerning public expressions that homosexuality is sinful. The letter also asks for the officers who wrongly arrested a street preacher to be disciplined.
Earlier this month (1st July), American street preacher Tony Miano was arrested in Wimbledon under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.
He was preaching from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 on the need to abstain from sexual immorality when a passerby reported him to the police for a homophobic offence. The Complainant had earlier told Mr Miano to “F*** off”.
Police arrested a man in South West London on Monday (1st July) for using “homophobic” speech whilst street preaching. He is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre.
Tony Miano, a US citizen, was questioned by the police after a member of the public called them to the scene.
He had been speaking on the subject of sexual immorality and the need to abstain from it based on a passage from the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12).
Mr Miano was then arrested at 4:40pm and taken to the local police station where he was photographed, fingerprinted and had a DNA sample taken. He was taken to a cell with a toilet but no toilet paper.