View Full Version : Cumbria Police payout for arrest of Christian

12-19-2010, 10:40 AM
In a second similar case in recent days, a Christian street preacher has won £7,000 plus costs from Cumbria Police in settlement for a claim of wrongful arrest, unlawful imprisonment and breach of his human rights.

Dale Mcalpine, aged 42, of Workington in Cumbria brought the case against the police following his arrest on 20 April this year. The police have accepted they acted unlawfully.

Mr Mcalpine’s case was funded by The Christian Institute, a group that protects the civil liberty of Christians. ...link (http://www.christian.org.uk/news/cumbria-police-payout-for-arrest-of-christian/)

12-19-2010, 11:27 AM

Even though Mr Mcalpine had never mentioned homosexuality, PCSO Adams warned him that he could be arrested if he made homophobic remarks.

Mr Mcalpine replied that he was not homophobic, but he sometimes preaches that homosexual conduct is a sin because that is what the Bible says.

Uniformed police officers were called to the scene and wrongly informed Mr Mcalpine that “it is against the law” to describe homosexual conduct as a sin. Coming soon to America!

I have to wonder if they knew going in that they were over reacting. Arrests like this still serve to chill dissent and make people think twice or more before they speak out because they too might get arrested.