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#cking police.»
A Vancouver police officer who uttered threats to cause death or bodily harm has been given a suspended sentence.
According to provincial court documents, Judge Thomas Woods said Const. Deepak Kumar Sood would be subject to a raft of probation conditions, including attending anger management counselling and having no contact with the people he threatened and not going near their workplace.
Court heard that in November 2017 Sood bought a dresser from a Coquitlam furniture store for his four-year-old son. Due to a misunderstanding, when the dresser was delivered no one secured it to the wall to prevent it from 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 harm done.
Sood then called the store, and its owner Gert Knudsen, and demanded the dresser be picked up immediately. Jan. 6 was a Saturday and Sood was told that the next available time for a pickup was the following Monday morning. 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 subsequently 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 “faces potential disciplinary sanctions under the Police Act.”