Regina: Parking Ticket Allegedly Sparks Online Death Threat

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REGINA — Some controversial posts to the Regina Police Service’s (RPS) Facebook page has resulted in a threatening charge laid against a 35-year-old man.

“This is the first time that we’ve laid charges for a Facebook posting,” RPS spokesperson Kim Schmidt, social media officer, said Monday.

According to RPS, the angry comments discovered on the weekend were sparked by a traffic ticket issued some time earlier in rural Saskatchewan. (Schmidt said the ticket was not related to some of the parking concerns this weekend around the Craven Country Jamboree.)

The poster ended up “making apparent death threats towards police.” Schmidt said the threats were general, and not aimed specifically at Regina officers.

As to exactly what was said, Schmidt declined to reveal the contents of the messages now that the matter is before the courts.

The messages caught the attention of police on Saturday, and an arrest warrant was obtained. A suspect was located and arrested at about 9:50 a.m. on Sunday in the city’s Warehouse District. The lone occupant in a vehicle, he was arrested without incident. A small quantity of drugs was seized in the arrest.

James R. Coumont of Regina is charged with possession of a controlled substance and uttering threats. He was released to make his first court appearance on Aug. 27.

Coumont couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

It’s not the first time the RPS Facebook page has been the target of inappropriate comments. Last year, the page went on a nearly six-month hiatus after hateful and threatening comments were posted following an incident in which a dog was shot and killed by a police member that March.

When the page was reactivated, it returned with a terms of use message reminding visitors of the RPS’s right to remove or block anyone who posts inappropriate comments, including those deemed defamatory, racist, profane, obscene, abusive, slanderous, harassing or threatening. It doesn’t specifically raise the possibility of criminal charges, although it does indicate postings are subject to applicable municipal, provincial and federal legislation.

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