Toronto police officer pleads guilty to several serious misconduct charges
Constable Douglas Holmes was convicted in 2019 of assault causing injuries to a cyclist.
After numerous delays, Constable Douglas Holmes was arraigned in police disciplinary court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty of eight charges of insubordination and dishonorable conduct.
A Toronto police officer pleaded guilty Monday to eight counts of dishonorable conduct and insubordination in administrative court relating to his behavior on public roads and his dealings with his co-workers. work.
Off-duty Constable Douglas Holmes has a criminal record after being convicted of assault causing bodily harm.
His service's indictment shows that his attitude began to escalate from that point on.
The indictment filed against Toronto Police Service Constable Douglas Holmes is 25 pages long.
< p class="e-p">Constable Douglas Holmes' disciplinary hearing was held on Monday, but the defense had asked that the charges not be read in public, which forced Radio-Canada to seek the x27;indictment with the Toronto Police Service.
The police officer, who was not present at his hearing, was represented by his lawyer.
The first charge relates to an October 10, 2017 assault on a cyclist in downtown Toronto for which Constable Holmes was tried and convicted in a criminal trial.
The policeman had tackled to the ground from behind, face against the road, the cyclist Oliver Santiago, causing him injuries. He had to receive treatment in hospital for a broken collarbone and big toe.
At the time, Mr Santiago ran a red light on his bicycle during a protest at Harbourfront and he refused to show his identity papers to the police officer, who then arrested him .
The Special Investigations Unit is a civilian agency that investigates when a citizen is injured or killed by a police officer in Ontario .
The indictment shows that the officer knocked the cyclist to the ground as he handcuffed him.
Mr. Santiago had filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director. The Special Investigations Unit then opened an investigation and filed criminal charges against the officer.
Constable Holmes was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm following his trial in February 2019. He was given a suspended sentence and one year probation.
Before the disciplinary court, his lawyer David Butt did not hesitate to declare that his client pleaded guilty to the charge of professional misconduct inherent in the guilty verdict at his trial.
Constable Holmes went to trial in 2019 for assault causing bodily harm at which he was found guilty.
Constable Holmes then pleaded guilty of four counts of dishonorable conduct and insubordination in connection with rude, insulting and derogatory emails and text messages he sent to a superior, a department commander and two co-workers in December 2021 while #x27;he was on sick leave.
He finally pleaded guilty to three more charges of dishonorable conduct and insubordination for two inappropriate and insulting emails and text message he sent, this time in March 2022, to one of his department's professional standards and practices supervisors, a colleague and a retired police officer.
Constable Holmes, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty to one charge of professional misconduct in relation to another incident that occurred on August 29, 2018.
His employer accuses him of insulting and swearing at another cyclist on Simcoe Street downtown.
Guriqbal Chouhan was riding his bicycle the wrong way when he was accosted by Constable Holmes in his black Corvette.
The transcript of Guriqbal Chouhan's testimony before the administrative police court dated January 11, 2022.
The off-duty officer allegedly asked him to get off his bicycle to speak to him after he nearly hit him with his vehicle .
The agent then allegedly insulted him by saying that millennials were a generation of idiots. Mr. Chouhan allegedly called him a bastard. A pedestrian had called 911 because of the violent verbal exchange.
The indictment states that the indictment Officer Holmes had an obligation and responsibility to control his emotions and to use methods of de-escalation of violence in such circumstances.
The police officer will have to return to the administrative court of his service in January to find out the date of the next steps to be taken in his case.
Cst Holmes is not, however not at the end of his sentences, since he will have to answer three new charges, including one relating to a collision with a citizen's vehicle on September 7, 2021 in Scarborough.
That day, the off-duty officer honked his horn to signal the driver in front of him to move forward while the latter was giving money to a beggar on the sidewalk.
While following the driver past the intersection, the officer collided with the Good Samaritan's car.
The collision between Constable Holmes' car and that of a Torontonian in September 2021 was investigated by police from Scarborough Station 33.
Leaving his vehicle, the police officer then allegedly had a noisy argument with the driver and the passenger of the other car.
At this time, Constable Holmes allegedly struck the driver with his weapon. It is not known whether the alleged victim has filed a criminal complaint.
A traffic police officer then attended the scene to investigate the incident.
According to the indictment, the two officers began to argue, but Constable Holmes then yelled at him. calling him stupid and rudely dismissing him.
Toronto police say Constable Holmes is still an employee of the department and has not been suspended.
Cst Holmes finally charged with May 2022 emails to co-worker claiming Toronto Police Service was corrupt .
He is also accused of having sent an insulting and violent email to two members of his service.
The Police Service clarifies that the fate of Constable Holmes will be decided by Inspector Susan Gomes, who is presiding over the administrative tribunal, at the time of her hearing on the determination of the penalty that the prosecution intends to seek.
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