VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An anti-gay street preacher charged with assault after an altercation in the West End this past summer that left a man in hospital with a broken leg has turned himself in to police.
The charge of aggravated assault against 42-year-old Dorre Love was approved by Crown counsel last week.
In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Love explains he was driving to the Vancouver Police Department to turn himself in.
“I have faith in God that this will be handled expeditiously and justice will be served, and I will be exonerated,” he says.
“Because the Bible even says, right, we should respect the laws of the land. The Bible says that the authorities are established by God. So, therefore I respect all the laws of the land, and
I have faith in God.”
Love has been released from custody, but is to appear in court next month.
He was originally arrested by police for assault in August, then released. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.
Love and another man were preaching along Davie Street on Aug. 22, when Justin Morissette confronted them about their anti-LGBTQ+ rants.
Morrisette grabbed Love’s microphone and refused to give it back. A physical altercation followed, according to police, and Morrisette ended up with a shattered leg.
Morissette, who works for Sportsnet 650 — a Rogers Sports and Media affiliate — said at the time the person who assaulted him was part of a group that has been blaring bigoted, hateful, and homophobic rhetoric over loudspeakers in the neighbourhood all summer long.
The VPD was criticized for its handling of the anti-gay preacher protests, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Morrisette and said he wanted to shake his hand.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
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— CityNews Vancouver (@CityNewsVAN) October 29, 2020