Closing arguments to begin for cop accused in fatal Toronto streetcar shooting

TORONTO - Closing arguments are expected to begin today at the trial of a Toronto police officer charged in the shooting death of a teen on an empty streetcar.

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Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in Sammy Yatim's death.

The jury has heard that on a night in July 2013, Yatim had taken the drug ecstasy before boarding a streetcar where he pulled out a small knife.

After panicked passengers rushed off the vehicle, videos and audio played at the trial have shown that Forcillo arrived on the scene, yelled repeatedly at Yatim to "drop the knife" and fired nine bullets at the teen after a 50-second confrontation.

Crown prosecutors argue Forcillo's actions weren't necessary or reasonable.

His lawyer contends the officer's actions were justified and carried out in self-defence.


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