Four Toronto police officers accused of obstructing justice and perjury are set to appear in court on Friday afternoon.
The four, who have been named as Const. Jeffrey Tout, Det. Const. Benjamin Elliott, Const. Michael Taylor and Det. Const. Fraser Douglas, face a total of 17 charges between them arising from a traffic stop near Gerrard St. and Broadview Avenue in 2014, during which Nguyen Son Tran was arrested for possession of heroin.
A judge ruled in September of 2015 that the officers police had “fabricated” a story that involved “planting” heroin in the car to justify a search, and then “colluded” in their testimony in court.
The charges against Tran were subsequently dismissed.
Speaking in January when the charges were announced, Police Chief Mark Saunders said “we will not tolerate any bad behaviour of any kind,” and that “anything that questions the integrity of the Toronto Police Service concerns me.”
The four officers have been suspended with pay while they wait for their day in court.