Four Toronto police officers have been charged with 17 offences including nine counts of obstructing justice and eight counts of perjury.
Chief Mark Saunders told a news conference this morning that the charges are in connection to a 2014 drug case.
Saunders says “We will not tolerate any bad behaviour of any kind,” and added that “We will get through this and we will do our best to get the public trust back that we have lost.”
The charges arise from the arrest of Nguyen Son Tran on January 15, 2014.
Charged are 41 year old Const. Jeffrey Tout, 17 years of service, assigned to 55 Division. He is charged with two counts of obstructing justice and two counts of perjury.
32 year old Det. Const. Benjamin Elliott, 9 years of service, assigned to 55 Division. He is charged with three counts of obstructing justice and three counts of perjury.
34 year old Const. Michael Taylor, 11 years of service, assigned to 51 Division. He is charged with two counts of obstructing justice and one count of perjury.
37 year old Det. Const. Fraser Douglas, 14 years of service, assigned to 55 Division. He is charged with two counts of obstructing justice, two counts of perjury.
Saunders didn’t comment about the specifics of the case, but said he has assembled a special team of professional standards investigators to look at other cases involving the officers, to see if there is “any other cause of concern.”
The four officers have been suspended with pay while the case goes to court.
Saunders says that under the Police Services Act, their pay can’t be suspended while the case works its way through the court system.
Mayor John Tory said shortly after the charges were announced that he believes the case “will be dealt with appropriately.”