Liverpool Far-Right Politician Arrested Over Rainbow Flag Row
A FAR right politician was held in cells for almost six hours for objecting to a pro-gay rights flag flying above a police station.
English Democrat Paul Rimmer, who recently failed in his bid to become mayor of Liverpool, was arrested on Saturday after an argument in Admiral Street Police station, Toxteth.
Mr Rimmer demanded to know why the Rainbow Flag was flying above the station.
The 49-year-old, who says he is a devout Christian, argued with a female member of staff behind the counter in the police station and quoted a well-known extract from the book of Leviticus in the Bible at her. After leaving the station he was approached by two police officers and told he was being arrested.
He said: “They said I was being arrested for a homophobic hate crime and I told them that ‘blessed are the persecuted for doing the right thing’.
“I asked them how could it be wrong to quote the Bible when we swear on the Bible.”
When they said they were just obeying orders he compared them to the Gestapo, the official secret police in Nazi Germany.
He said he was then driven to Belle Vale police station, and held in cells for almost six hours before being released on bail.
Mr Rimmer said: “I think this was a completely inappropriate decision by the police. People are hypersensitive.
“It is an attempt to clamp down on freedom of speech and expression and it smacks of bullying totalitarianism.”
Merseyside police confirmed Mr Rimmer had been arrested.
A spokesman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm a 49-year-old man was arrested in Toxteth on Saturday, May 19, on suspicion of a Section 5 Public Order offence.
“The man was spoken to by officers and has been released pending further enquiries.”
He said the force had not received any complaints about the treatment of Mr Rimmer.
Merseyside Police were flying the Rainbow flag to mark Idaho (International Day Against Homophobia). It is displayed in many cultures around the world as a sign of diversity.