RCMP constable receives threat after deciding to run for office
Long-time local resident and Richmond Mountie Gary Law’s political aspirations took a troubling turn recently when he says he became the target of threats that were serious enough for him to turn to his fellow RCMP officers for help.
Law told The Richmond Review Tuesday that he decided last month that he’ll be seeking a nomination to run for a political party in Richmond Centre during the upcoming provincial election. Not long after announcing his desire to seek public office, Law said he was contacted by somebody he knows in the community who tried to dissuade him from pursuing a career in politics.
It was shortly after that conversation, Law said, that he began to receive threatening text messages on his cell phone, as well as threatening phone calls.
“Recently, I have been asked by someone not to run for election,” Law said. “And then after, I received threatening text messages and even phone calls.”
Law said because there’s a police investigation underway, he won’t reveal the nature or content of the threats, whether they are directed at just him or also against his family, or the precise timing.
“I take this very seriously,” he said. “I am sure I’m in good hands.”
Asked whether he believes the threats are linked to the person who deterred him from running for a political seat, Law said he doesn’t know.
“I don’t know if it’s just coincidence, or related. I think this is the job of the RCMP to find out.”
He said he reported the incident to local police on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 and then revealed what happened during a meeting with four Asian journalists at a local home last week.
The Richmond Review learned of the threats on Friday, when a reader questioned why the newspaper hadn’t covered the story that was all over the Asian media.
When asked why he didn’t let the English-speaking media know about the threats, Law was apologetic, and said “humans do make mistakes.”
His intent was not to exclude the mainstream media, or speak exclusively to Asian media, he said.
“In the future, if I do (make) some announcement...I will be inviting everybody else.”
He added: “Everybody living in Richmond is important to me. Their ethnic background or something else is not important to me.”
Aside from the threats, Law said he’s been the subject of a smear campaign, and has sought the advice of a lawyer “if things get out of hand.”
Law said he’s been approached by three political parties to run under their banner, but has decided not to reveal which party he will be seeking the nomination for.
He expects to make that announcement in the next couple of weeks.
Richmond Board of Education trustee Grace Tsang has announced she is seeking the riding’s Liberal nomination.
Rob Howard, the current Liberal MLA for Richmond Centre, is not seeking re-election.