Thursday, January 28, 2016

4 Toronto Cops charged with obstruction of justice and perjury

Four Toronto police officers have been arrested on charges with obstruction of justice and perjury, Chief Mark Saunders told a news conference this morning. The officers have been charged with a total of 17 offences.

Const. Jeffrey Tout, Det-Const. Fraser Douglas, Det-Const. Benjamin Elliott and Sgt. Michael Taylor are scheduled to appear in court on March 11.
The charges follow a Superior Court judge’s ruling last September that the officers planted heroin in a man’s car and then “obviously colluded” in their testimony in court.

Tout, Douglas, Elliott and Taylor all presented differing versions of what happened during a traffic stop in January 2014 when Nguyen Son Tran was pulled over for allegedly running a red light near Gerrard St. and Broadview Ave.
Tout, 41, a 17-year veteran of the force, is charged with two counts of obstructing justice and two counts of perjury.
Elliott, 32, has nine years’ service with the force. He is charged with three counts of obstruct justice and three counts of perjury.
Taylor, 34, an 11-year veteran, is charged with two counts of obstruct justice and one count of perjury.
Douglas, 37, has been with the force for 14 years. He is charged with two counts of obstruct justice and two counts of perjury.
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2016/01/28/toronto-police-officers-charged-with-obstruction-of-justice-perjury.html
In May about 100 officers spread over four police units — TAVIS, traffic services, 55 and 43 Divisions – began testing three types of body cameras, worn on the chest, in a year-long pilot project.