A Vancouver police officer has been given a suspended sentence for uttering threats.
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A Vancouver police officer who uttered threats to cause death or bodily harm has been given a suspended sentence.Judge Thomas Woods ordered a raft of probation conditions for Const. Deepak Kumar Sood, including attending anger management counselling and having no contact with the people he threatened and not going near their workplace, according to provincial court documents.Court heard that in November 2017 Sood bought a dresser from a Coquitlam furniture store for his four-year-old son. Owing to a misunderstanding, when the dresser was delivered no one secured it to the wall to prevent it tipping over.On Jan. 6, 2018, with all six drawers open, the dresser tipped 45 degrees and pinned Sood’s son’s foot to the ground. This was distressing, but there was no serious injury.Sood called the store and demanded of owner Gert Knudsen that the dresser be picked up immediately. It was a Saturday and Sood was told that the next available time for a pickup was the following Monday.Sood was unhappy, and over the course of 25 phone calls his conversations with Knudsen degenerated into abusive and threatening language.Among other things, Sood threatened to throw the dresser through the store window, and when told that the owner would call police, said, “Don’t bother, I am the f–king police.” He also said he would “bash (Knudsen’s) f–king head in.”Sood was arrested and charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He was found guilty on March 20, 2019, and sentenced April 25.Knudsen testified that he had worked in retail for 40 years and never experienced anything like it. He said he was very frightened, particularly because Sood was a police officer.Sood, a married father of two children, was described as a hard-working police officer with over 10 years’ experience. According to the court, he had performed “difficult work in an exemplary way.”The Crown called for a suspended sentence, with probation, while the defence called for a conditional sentence. With a suspended sentence, Sood gets a criminal record. If he had received a conditional sentence he would not have had a criminal record.According to the ruling, Sood next “faces potential disciplinary sanctions under the Police Act.”firstname.lastname@example.org/davidcarrigg