Seattle Police Officers Arrest Preacher During Pride Event


Seattle street preacher Matthew Meinecke was arrested by police officers during a Gay Pride event.

A police officer told Meinecke as he was being arrested, “So at this point we can no longer stand by.”

He added, “The risk that you pose for public safety by remaining here can be mitigated if you leave, it’s your last chance.”

Meinecke replied, “I don’t want to leave because I’m not in danger.”

People cheered as he was put in handcuffs.

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Additionally, the street preacher posted a video of some of his Bibles being destroyed.

“Hate Crime this needs to be investigated. I demand someone take actions and press charges. My bibles were destroyed In Hate for my Christian beliefs,” Meinecke tweeted.

Meinecke later explained he was “at the Seattle Center, reading the Bible, not aggressively preaching, not stirring people up, not anything.”

He added, “People throwing things. People vandalizing our property. I think about 10 police officers showed up.”

Commenting on the police, Meinecke said, “Your job is not to silence me and move me.”

In his message to critics, Meinecke asked, “Why are they so offended by words? I just believe in using the word of God.”

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Pointing to his heart, he added, “So if those words are so offensive then the problem is here. The problem is in you.”

He argued, meanwhile, “We have a bunch of naked people walking around over here, not even 200 feet away. Naked grown men around little children.”

In another video he recorded, Meinecke said, “We’ve got a city full of crime. We’ve got needles all over the place. Lawless homeless camps everywhere. We’ve got assaults. We’ve got broken glass. We’ve got Antifa running the place. But they’ve got time to send in ten police officers to arrest a street preacher reading his Bible in a park.”

In his response to the police, Meinecke explained, “I love the police. I have no problem with the police at all. I mean, I’ve preached to the police, but it’s only salvation.”

He continued, “It’s only the gospel… I believe that police are fallible human beings just like anyone else and worthy of criticism like everybody else.”

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