Tony Miano, according to his website (tmiano.com) is a retired, 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
He has served as a gang investigator, field training officer, drug recognition expert and a DUI enforcement specialist. During his career, he received more than 60 commendations and citations for meritorious service, arrests, criminal investigations, critical decision-making and community service.
He is active in Christian service, not least as an open-air evangelist.
While preaching in the open-air in Wimbledon this week, he took as his text 1 Thess 4:1 - 12, and spoke on sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual. A woman heard him say that homosexuality is a sin, verbally abused him and called the police.
Tony was arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act. At the police station, he was photographed, fingerprinted, had a DNA sample taken and was placed in a cell for seven hours. He describes the whole incident on a video, which I earnestly encourage everyone to watch. You can see the video here.
A letter describing the incident is to be sent to every member of both Houses of Parliament.
Tony explains in measured terms that the church at large has "basically abdicated their responsibility to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to this lost and dying country," as it has in the United States.
"The day is coming," he says, "when Christians will be arrested not only for what they say, but for what they believe."