Two sides of a story

Police say they have cautioned a St. Catharines, Ont., man after he encouraged people on Twitter to protest outside the home of the parents of provincial lawmaker Sam Oosterhoff.

The tweet, since deleted, included Oosterhoff’s parents’ address and phone number. He said it made him fear for their safety.

But the man behind the tweet, Rob Gill, who made an unsuccessful run for city council this past year, said Monday he has no regrets about the post and said it was police — not him — who overstepped their bounds by coming to his home.

Earlier in the month, Gill said he “couldn’t wait to bring a big #GAY #Pride protest” to Oosterhoff’s “office, family events, wedding, etc” after Oosterhoff posted pictures of his attendance at a Christmas celebration hosted by evangelical leader Charles McVety, president of the Canada Christian College and a staunch social conservative.

Gill, who says he found Oosterhoff’s parents’ contact information via an online search, told the Post it was “ludicrous” for police to come to his home since he had not committed a crime, adding: “If (Oosterhoff) can’t handle criticism online maybe politics isn’t the right job for you.”

Gill said he now regrets deleting the post in question and maintains that the officer who visited him told him “I did nothing wrong and I was never cautioned.”

Gill continued to post more comments on Tweeter

Even MP Adam Vaughan commented on the matter.

But an email sent by the officer, Alex Shah, to Oosterhoff following Shah’s visit with Gill suggests otherwise. It states: “I did advise (Gill) to avoid communicating with your (sic) via social media which he understood. If he continues to contact you with any threatening messages, disclosing personal information, or attending your residence, please give us a call back to document for future action(s).”

Source from NP.

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