Retired N.J. Police Officer Arrested After Promoting His Faith At Mall



EATONTOWN – A retired Long Branch police officer was charged with trespassing last week after promoting his faith to shoppers at Monmouth Mall.

According to the Christian News Network, David Wells, a former corporal with the Long Branch Police Department, was distributing religious materials to mall patrons “in hopes that it will cause them to ponder matters of eternity.”

“I simply approached individuals and asked them if I could ask them a question. If they said no, I left them alone,” Wells told the Christian News Network. “If they said yes I simply asked, ‘Are you going to Heaven?’ How I responded was based on how they answered that question.”

Wells said he had witnessed to mall patrons in the presence of mall security without an issue in the past, but that last Tuesday was different.

“The mall security came over and immediately told me to stop what I was doing and to leave the property,” he said. “They indicated that the mall was private property and [that I couldn’t distribute tracts there].”

However, citing a state court ruling that declared malls a quasi-public venue where such leaflets could be distributed, Wells argued that he had a right to do what he was doing, which prompted mall security to call the police.

When police arrived, Wells said, they instructed him to leave the mall or be arrested.

“I was polite about it,” Wells said. “I told them I didn’t want to get arrested. I wasn’t trying to make a scene, but I also wasn’t doing anything wrong.”

After continuing to assert that his activities were legal, Wells was arrested and charged with trespassing, which he reportedly pleaded not guilty to on Thursday.

“I want to emphasize that I was not making any public spectacle: no signs, no loudness, no offensive language. I was simply trying to talk to people,” Wells told the Christian News Network.

“If we’ve gotten to the point in the U.S. that we cannot talk to other people civilly, we’re in trouble.”

Wells is scheduled to appear in court again on December 5, the report said.

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Comments 5

  1. kristiann1

    This is Persecution BIG time against us Christians!! David Wells, DID NOT Anything WRONG according to God’s HOLY WORD the Holy Bible! I believe that the Obama-REGIME is PERSECUTING Christians in the United States of America and all over the Earth God CREATED!

    We Need to Pray for our Brother in Jesus Christ David Wells ans that he gets Released soon!! Praise Jesus Christ for David Wells for Preaching God’s WORD and LOVE!!

    Obama-Nation is a DISGRACE to being President of the USA!! in my almost 54 years old I am, I have NEVER seen a President this DISRESPECTFUL to the WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!! Obama-COWARD is a Devout Muslim and he wasn’t born in the United States of America!! Obama has our ENEMY the Muslim Brotherhood in the White-House with him!! Obama Praises the evil Koran, and these Organization’s Obama SUPPORTS ~> CAIR, INSA, MSA and others <~ All these are our ENEMY the Muslim Brotherhood within the United States of America and the White-House!! So, Obama is the WORST president in USA HISTORY!! Obama is NOT a Christian!!

    Jesus Christ is KING of kings, LORD of lords, PRESIDENT of presidents, He is the ALPHA and OMEGA, the FIRST and the LAST!! Jesus Christ gave us His COMMANDMENT that we Should LOVE one Another, the WAY He LOVED us FIRST!!

    Love Always, YSIC o/

    Kristi Ann

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      Our brother, David Wells has been released, but has a court date on Dec. 5th. We have asked him to give us an update to let us know the outcome. Will share that update.

      1 Timothy 2:1-4
      I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

  2. wandakate

    Just talking to people and got arrested…not the world I’ve always known. This will show you the “moral state” of our nation, pitiful to say the least and hell is waiting to be filled up. Satan wants to run the show and rule the world through all his “people” and “puppets”. They will get what they deserve in the end. There is a judge and they think they are fine and for now they may well be, but judgment is coming and they will all receive their due.
    There are some who will listen to the gospel, many however will not, but they seal their own fate. They make their own choices and they will pay for those choices. It all boils down to our spiritual well-being in the end, and nothing else matters. LIFE is a spiritual battle between good and evil, but in the end good will win and JESUS will set the captives free.

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