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Actions of Toronto cop in fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim not necessary: Crown
A Toronto police officer's fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar two years ago was neither necessary, nor reasonable, a Crown prosecutor told a jury Tuesday as he described the graphic details of Sammy Yatim's death.
By Diana Mehta

A Toronto police officer’s fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar two years ago was neither necessary, nor reasonable, a Crown prosecutor told a jury Tuesday as he described the graphic details of Sammy Yatim’s death.

Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of the 18-year-old, an incident that was captured on surveillance and cellphone video and triggered public outrage.

In opening statements to the jury that will decide Forcillo’s fate, Crown prosecutor Milan Rupic laid out a road map of the evidence he intends to present.

One of the fundamental issues for the jury to decide, Rupic said, will be whether it was necessary or reasonable for Forcillo to shoot nine bullets at Yatim while he was inside an empty streetcar surrounded by armed police officers.

“The Crown intends to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the shooting of Sammy Yatim was not necessary and it was not reasonable.”

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