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article imageToronto Mayor receives more death threats on Twitter, Facebook

By Andrew Moran     Aug 10, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Police and the mayor’s office have confirmed that Rob Ford has received a second death threat. Officials say that a Toronto man allegedly threatened to assault and then kill the mayor. The threats were made through Facebook and Twitter.
It was revealed late last month during a press conference that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford received death threats. “I don't take it seriously, but you get people leaving messages,” said the mayor as he shrugged off the threats.
It was later reported that Toronto Police arrested and charged 56-year-old Anthony Vella for allegedly making death threats against the mayor.
Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that another Toronto man, Robert Melville Dunlop, 46, has been arrested and charged for allegedly threatening to assault and then murder Rob Ford, according to the Canadian Press.
A spokesperson for the Toronto Police, Constable Tony Vella, explains that the suspect, who turned himself in on Aug. 8, made threatening remarks through the mayor’s Facebook and then a second message threatening death was made through Ford’s Twitter account.
The mayor’s office issued a statement following the news of the arrest:
“There have been threats made against the mayor and Toronto police and corporate security are dealing with the threats in an appropriate manner,” said Adrienne Batra, the mayor’s press secretary. “Toronto police, corporate security and the mayor's office review and adjust security practices as the situation warrants. It is our policy not to comment further on security matters, for obvious reasons."
Dunlop made a brief court appearance at Old City Hall Monday, notes CP24.
During last month’s marathon meeting, security was enhanced near the Executive Committee rooms and a dozen police officers were staged outside of city hall. The mayor will now be surrounded by police officers when he attends large public festivals.
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