Cops arrest, get rough with Christian pastor, 71, in London. He said he merely defined marriage as between men and women; complaint was for homophobia.​


Police in London arrested a 71-year-old Christian pastor for preaching “allegedly homophobic comments” — but John Sherwood said he merely defined marriage as between men and women, the Daily Mail reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said video shows Sherwood standing on a stepladder Friday with a Bible in his hand outside a subway station in Uxbridge, west London. Officers can be heard telling Sherwood, a married grandfather, to get off the stepladder, the Daily Mail reported.

But he refused, the outlet said, so the officers grasp his arms and pull him off the stepladder.

Onlookers can be heard shouting, “He’s an elderly man; take it easy with him!” the Daily Mail said.

At one point, Sherwood wrests his left arm free — and the officer forcefully grabs it again, as a minor struggle ensues between the elderly man and the officers.

The officers then struggle to cuff him, as one tells him, “I don’t want you getting hurt,” the outlet reported.

Sherwood is then handcuffed and led to a police car, the Daily Mail said.

Police arrest Christian preacher for saying what the Bible says about marriage

OK, so who was actually doing the preaching?

Sherwood said officers grilled him over his attitude toward gay people and even asked him what he would do if his children were gay, the outlet said. Sherwood told the Daily Mail that “the question was irrelevant to the allegation against me. I said I would seek to bring them to Christ, but of course I would love them no matter what, because they’re my children.”

The outlet said Sherwood was questioned in a police station, held overnight, and released without charge — although a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for review. He added to the Daily Mail that he was bruised after police pulled him from the stepladder and cuffed his hands behind his back.

What did police have to say?

The Metropolitan Police said a member of the public flagged down patrol officers and alleged that Sherwood had made homophobic comments, the outlet said.