Det.-Const. Fraser Douglas.
|Lawyers representing four Toronto Police officers accused of planting evidence and lying about it under oath say they need more time. Det-Const. Fraser Douglas, Det-Const. Benjamin Elliott, Const. Michael Taylor and Const. Jeffrey Tout now face a combined 22 charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.|
The men all worked at downtown divisions and have between nine and 17 years experience with Toronto Police. All four officers have been suspended with pay pending the results of the criminal proceedings against them. The case will be back before a judge June 6.
|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.