Arrest of Christians in London (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6197
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Why was Christian street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi driven 5.2 miles from Southgate station by the police and dumped in a remote area, even though the police established he had committed no crime?

Answers

Answer for Arrest of Christians in London (2)
Arrest of Christians in London (2)

Arrest of Christians in London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The decision to arrest, and subsequently to de-arrest is a decision that would be taken by the police based on their interpretation of the circumstances at the time. This will include an assessment about the likelihood of any continuing risk of a further breach of the peace. The Met have confirmed that the de-arrest took place some distance away from the original incident, around three and a half miles. They have also confirmed that any information provided by them that suggested he was released much closer to the area, was given in error and has been corrected.

Whilst it is not appropriate to comment on individual cases, I am aware that the actions of the officers are being assessed by the professional standards department. In this case there is body worn footage available and it will form part of the police’s assessment of this incident, which I know is ongoing.