by Mirna Alsharif NBC news
The New York pastor who was robbed of nearly $1 million in jewelry during a live church broadcast in July was kicked out of his church by police on Sunday after a video showed him pulling and pushing a woman.
Lamor Whitehead, 44, was preaching at the Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries church in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn when someone in his congregation started screaming inaudibly off camera.
He interrupted the service and said: “Do you want to come and preach?”, as heard on the broadcast, “come here, I’m going to make you famous”.
When a woman approaches him, the video shows the priest grabbing her hair at the back of her neck and pushing her off camera.
“Get her out,” Whitehead is heard saying off camera.
Officers who responded to a 911 call about the dispute removed Whitehead and the woman from the church and took them to the 69th Precinct, they said.
Police said the woman, identified as Tarsha Howard, 47, was recording the service. When he was asked to desist and leave the church, he “started fighting with the priest in the parish and approached him on the stage.” “The priest then took the woman out of the place with his bare hands,” he added.
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Howard was charged with trespassing and disturbing a religious service. Whitehead was not arrested, police said. But the believer said in a video on Facebook that this was not true and explained that the police had arrested him and put him in a cell.
“The NYPD has failed me because they’ve arrested me,” he said, “because of the color of my skin they arrested me.”
When “high-ranking officials” learned he was at the station, Whitehead added, the charges against him were dropped.
“Do they put me in jail and then let me out and say, ‘Oops, we were wrong’?” he said, “They can’t arrest me for no reason.”
The bishop claimed in another video that he let Howard “do the talking” and only intervened when he approached his wife and 10-month-old daughter.
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“I let the woman talk, to say what she had to say, to insult me and do whatever she wanted, but when she said ‘and her’ and started threatening my wife, they saw it,” said he, “My wife has my baby in her arms, I’m not going to put her in danger again.”
Whitehead was involved in the incident in July when three gunmen stormed his church during a service and took $1 million worth of jewelry.
“When I see them come into the sanctuary with their weapons, I told everybody to get out, everybody to get out,” he said in another Instagram video after the robbery. “I didn’t know if they wanted to shoot at the church or if they just came to rob,” he added.
Whitehead said at a news conference outside the 69th Precinct that he plans to file a complaint against the NYPD.