Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cop 'lost cool' in killing Sammy Yatim - Crown

Toronto police Const. James Forcillo “lost (his) cool” when he fatally shot 18-year-old Sammy Yatim on a deserted streetcar because the teenager was mocking him, Crown attorney Milan Rupic suggested Monday at Forcillo’s murder trial.

Testifying in his own defence for a third day, Forcillo maintained that he was calm and that Yatim was not making fun of him, but threatening him by brandishing a switchblade in the early hours of July 27, 2013.
Forcillo said he did not see Yatim raise his arms in what Rupic called a “mock surrender” as police approached — which can be seen on TTC surveillance footage — and did not see Yatim smoking a cigarette.
Rupic said Forcillo didn’t want to acknowledge Yatim was not angry or aggressive that night.