- Category: Canada News
- Published Thursday, January 7, 2016
- CTV News
TORONTO - A Crown prosecutor says a Toronto police officer who gunned down a teen on an empty streetcar was "a hothead and a bully" at the time of the confrontation which resulted in the youth's death.
In closing arguments at the officer's trial, Crown lawyer Milan Rupic says Const. James Forcillo wanted to assert his authority over a "mouthy, mocking teenager" rather than trying to build a rapport with a person in crisis.
Rupic says Forcillo had a number of alternatives when he came face-to-face with Sammy Yatim in July 2013, and it was "not necessary and not reasonable" for the officer to shoot the 18-year-old.
Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in Yatim's death -- an incident which triggered outrage across the city two and a half years ago.
His lawyer has argued in his own closing statements that Crown prosecutors are trying to "criminalize a judgment call" made by a first responder.
The defence, in calling for Forcillo's acquittal, says the officer's actions were justified and carried out in self-defence.