Cop PC candidate denies sending threatening email

Toronto Police have launched an internal probe into a threatening email the NDP claim was sent by an officer running as the PC candidate for Scarborough-Guildwood.

Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash confirmed Monday that Roshan Nallaratnam, a Traffic Services constable who is currently on a leave of absence to run in the election, is under investigation by the Professional Standards Unit.

But Nallaratnam says that the email he’s accused of sending to a member of the Tamil community was not written by him.

“I did not send the email in question,” he said in a statement. “The email is a fabrication from an account that does not belong to me.”

While every complaint against a police officer is reviewed, Nallaratnam said he has not been contacted by Toronto Police about it.

The NDP said Monday that Nallaratnam sent a threatening email to a member of the Tamil community after he was criticized for avoiding election debates.

“F—er don’t do nasty campaign against me. I will teach the lesson after election,” the email subject line says.

The NDP called on PC Leader Doug Ford to denounce the message and demand Nallaratnam apologize, while the Liberals said Ford should remove him from his political slate.

Liberal campaign co-chair Deb Matthews said allegations of intimidation and retribution by a member of the police services and a candidate for office need to be taken with the utmost seriousness.

“It is incumbent on Ford to demonstrate his standards,” Matthews said in a statement.

At a media conference in Scarborough Monday, with Nallaratnam standing behind him, Ford said he hadn’t seen the email.

“But let’s be very clear, elections get heated and we’re staying positive,” Ford said.

Ford was also asked about an audio recording which the Liberals released Monday and said proves he’s in the holster of the gun lobby.

“Can I tell you something? Guns don’t kill people, crazy people with guns kill people,” Ford can be heard saying on the recording from a campaign event in April. “Safe gun owners, how many times have you ever heard a responsible gun owner killing someone?”

Ford said he’s a strong believer in tough gun control and will fund the police to ensure public safety.

“You look at the NDP, the radical NDP, that go after our police, call our police derogatory names, racial names,” he said. “On the contrary, we support our police.”

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