Thursday, January 28, 2016

Toronto police officers charged with obstructing justice, perjury

A bad week, or what?
Four Toronto police officers have been arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury, and a full review of their past investigations is now underway, Chief Mark Saunders said Thursday.

The officers face a total of 17 charges in relation to a 2014 drug bust, where a judge ruled police planted drugs in a car in a case of “obvious collusion.”

Const. Jeffrey Tout, Det.-Const. Fraser Douglas, Det.-Const. Benjamin Elliott and Sgt. Michael Taylor are scheduled to appear in court on March 11. All are from downtown Toronto police divisions, and range in experience from nine to 17 years with the Toronto Police Service.

The officers were arrested at 7 a.m. Thursday and have since been released. All are suspended with pay.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday morning, Saunders said a team including members of the force’s professional standards unit and the Crown Attorney’s office has been formed to scrutinize other cases involving the officers “to see if there is any other cause of concern.”

Saunders does not know how many cases may now be in question. Some of the officers are “quite seasoned,” and may have worked on many cases over the years.  (more...)

Interesting stuff, heroin:

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