TORONTO – Four Toronto police officers have been charged with obstruction of justice and perjury after allegedly providing false testimony in court.
Chief Mark Saunders says the officers face a total of 17 charges and have all been suspended with pay as the case plays out in court.
Saunders says he’s also formed a task force to investigate other cases the officers worked on.
The charges are in relation to the case of Nguyen Son Tran, who was arrested after a traffic stop on Jan. 15, 2014.
Tran’s lawyer, Kim Schofield, says the charges against her client were stayed in the fall, noting the judge said the officers lied in court and conducted an illegal search of Tran’s car, where heroin was found.
The officers charged are: Const. Jeffrey Tout, 41, Det, Const. Benjamin Elliott, 32, Const. Michael Taylor, 34, and Det. Const. Fraser Douglas, 37.
Police union head Mike McCormack says the officers were arrested earlier this morning and released before 9 a.m. All are scheduled to appear in court on March 11.