Crown trying to 'criminalize' cop's judgement, Forcillo's lawyer tells jury

TORONTO -- The lawyer for a Toronto police officer on trial for killing a teen on an empty streetcar is asking a jury to acquit the man, saying the prosecution in the case is trying to "criminalize a judgement call" made by a first responder.

See Full Article

Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.

Forcillo's lawyer, Peter Brauti, says the case needs to be decided not out of sympathy for any party, but on the evidence heard at trial.

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 were not necessary or reasonable. Brauti contends the officer's actions were justified and carried out in self-defence.

"To be clear, no one likes the end result in this case," said Brauti.

"There can be no doubt that while Mr. Yatim may not have been a perfect young man, he is missed by his family. The answer in this case is not to take officer Forcillo away from his family. That is not justice."

Brauti accused Crown prosecutors of trying to "cloud the big picture" in the case by engaging in a frame-by-frame microanalysis of Forcillo's confrontation with Yatim, along with suggestions of alternative-use-of-force options the officer could have used.

"What's important to understand is it is Mr. Yatim's outward behaviour that results in him being shot," Brauti told the jury. "If he obeys any one of the dozen commands given, if he puts down the knife, Mr. Yatim lives to be put on trial for criminal conduct and we would not be here today."



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Here's how Moose Jaw will welcome the Snowbirds home

    Canada News CTV News
    REGINA -- The Snowbirds team is scheduled to return to their home base at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on Monday afternoon, and the city is rallying together to create visual displays of support following the death of Cpt. Source
  • Environmental advocates concerned by Alberta's new rules for coal mining

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Upcoming changes to Alberta's coal regulations are expected to create hundreds of jobs in the province, but environmental advocates worry that the work will come at the expense of the ecosystem alongside the Rocky Mountains. Source
  • New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

    World News CTV News
    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning. She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington. Source
  • White House limits travel to U.S. from Brazil as COVID-19 crisis deepens

    World News CBC News
    The White House on Sunday said it was prohibiting most non-U.S. citizens from travelling to the United States if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks, two days after the South American nation became the world No. Source
  • COVID-19 cases in Alberta remain low, 42 more cases reported Sunday

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- Alberta reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and no new deaths. The total number of active cases in the province is now 801. The case break down across the province is as follows: Calgary zone: 629 active cases and 4,020 recovered South zone: 92 active cases and 1,132 recovered Edmonton zone: 55 active cases and 455 recovered North zone: 20 active cases and 200 recovered Central zone: three active cases and 95 recovered Two active cases and 22 recovered cases in zones to be…
  • Union launches nationwide appeal for long-term care reform in wake of COVID-19

    Canada News CBC News
    The union backing Canada's public employees is launching a nationwide effort to transform long-term care into a publicly funded, universal health care system in the midst of a pandemic it says has exacerbated problems in facilities across the country and led to the deaths of thousands of residents. Source
  • Robert Durst murder trial to move to new California court

    World News CTV News
    TORRANCE, CALIF. -- The California murder trial of real estate heir Robert Durst is likely to move to a new venue this summer, depending on how a judge rules on a defence motion for a mistrial. Source
  • U.S. Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

    World News CTV News
    WINTER PARK, FLA. -- With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year's Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she's determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom. Source
  • 'I feel obligated': 99-year-old veteran walking 100 km before 100th birthday for COVID-19 research

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A 99-year-old Ontario veteran of the Second World War is vowing to walk 100 kilometres by his 100th birthday to raise money for medical research to help stop COVID-19. “I love walking. It adds to your vigour, physical stamina,” George Markow told CTV News Toronto Sunday. Source
  • 'It felt like it was a disservice to us': Infectious disease specialist reacts to crowded park

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- An infectious disease specialist says scenes of people overcrowding a Toronto park on Saturday was an “expression of disrespect” to health-care workers and could spark a surge in new COVID-19 cases. Speaking to CTV News Channel on Sunday, Dr. Source