…but I’d rather it came out of the pockets of the cops who behaved so appallingly:
Scotland Yard has now agreed to pay Mr Ilesanmi £2,500 for wrongful arrest and his humiliating and distressing treatment.
So we, the taxpayer, have paid that…
‘I was upset when they took away my Bible. They just threw it in the police car. They would never have done that if it had been the Koran. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?’
There are guidelines for handling the Koran, aren’t there? No such clearly exists for the Bible.
The incident was captured on camera by Ambrosine Shitrit, who was passing when she saw Mr Ilesanmi debating with a Muslim man who she said was becoming aggressive.
She said: ‘The preacher was fearless, but if I hadn’t started filming he would have been attacked. He was not breaching the peace and in no way had he been Islamophobic. I would’ve been the first person to have said something if he had been.’
Interestingly, it seems they didn’t bother to ask her before bundling him into the car.
Police first claimed they had driven Mr Ilesanmi just 200 yards away. But when the Christian Legal Centre took up Mr Ilesanmi’s case, staff found his bus ticket, which showed he had been taken much further.
Lying as well…? *rolls eyes*
The Met now admit it was more than four miles away but insist he was offered a lift back but he refused.
We caught you in one lie, but we should believe you now? Is that how it works in your interview rooms?
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘The Met respects and upholds the rights of all individuals to practise freedom of speech, and this includes street preachers of all religions and backgrounds.
‘However, if the language someone uses is perceived as being a potential hate crime, it is only right that we investigate. In this case, it was deemed appropriate to remove the man from the area.’
And now it’s been found not to have been appropriate at all. So what action will you take against the cops involved?