Jury finds officer not guilty of second-degree murder
The jury in the James Forcillo trial has found that the Toronto Police Constable is guilty of attempted murder in the killing of Sammy Yatim. The Crown also charged Forcillo with second-degree murder, but the jury found the officer not guilty.
On July 27, 2013, Yatim, who was carrying a switchblade, was shot three times by Forcillo, and then five more times as the 18 year-old lay on the floor of a Toronto Transit Commission streetcar. At the time of his death, Yatim was enrolled in the health information management program at George Brown.
In statement to the press, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that Forcillo will be suspended with pay until sentencing.
With files from Tina Todaro