Deliberations resume in Toronto streetcar shooting trial

TORONTO - A jury weighing the case of a Toronto police officer charged with murder after gunning down a teen on an empty streetcar is into its second day of deliberations.

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.

The July 2013 incident was captured on cellphone videos which went viral online, sparking anti-police protests in the city and a review of Toronto police tactics.

The jury determining 32-year-old Forcillo's fate has to decide whether he ignored other viable use-of-force options and acted as "a hothead and a bully" when he shot Yatim, or whether he pulled the trigger in self-defence.

The judge presiding over the case issued a series of clarifications to the jury on Thursday morning after both crown and defence lawyers raised objections to portions of his instructions to the panel.

During the trial, crown prosecutors argued Forcillo's actions weren't necessary or reasonable, while his lawyer called those actions justified and carried out in self-defence.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate Trump

    World News CTV News
    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate U.S. President Donald Trump. Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was charged June 15 with threatening the president of the United States, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. Source
  • Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts: Israel

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- Israel has filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group. Source
  • U.S. to take 'do no harm' approach to NAFTA talks: Trump's trade rep

    World News CTV News
    OTTAWA - Donald Trump's trade czar says U.S. negotiators will take a "do-no-harm" approach to renegotiating NAFTA amid fears that altering the deal could hurt many American agricultural sectors. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer repeated the remarks several times as he testified before a House of Representatives committee. Source
  • U.S. judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret Muslim vetting program

    World News CTV News
    SEATTLE -- A federal judge says a class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones on Wednesday denied the Justice Department's request to dismiss the lawsuit. Source
  • Germany to annul thousands of convictions under anti-gay law

    World News CTV News
    BERLIN -- German lawmakers have approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany. Parliament's lower house voted unanimously Thursday in favour of the bill. Source
  • Edgar Welch, 'pizzagate' gunman in Washington, sentenced to 4 years in prison

    World News CBC News
    A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a District of Columbia restaurant during his own investigation of a conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. U.S. District Judge Kentanji B. Source
  • Two Detroit-area mothers charged in landmark female genital mutilation case

    World News Toronto Sun
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS First posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 02:34 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 02:48 PM EDT Source
  • Canadian sniper blows away record for farthest kill

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A Canadian special forces sniper has obliterated the record for the longest confirmed kill in military history. The shot — believed to be taken from the top of an apartment building in northern Iraq — hit its target a staggering 3.45 km away. Source
  • Repo man tows minivan away with sleeping child still in it

    World News Toronto Sun
    Philadelphia police say a man repossessing a minivan towed it with a sleeping child in the back. They say the man used GPS to track the vehicle early Thursday morning after the 7-year-old’s mother said she had stopped to run into work at a pizzeria. Source
  • 'Melania Makeover' the next hot trend in plastic surgery

    World News Toronto Sun
    There’s a new trend taking the plastic surgery world by storm. Texas mom Claudia Sierra is the latest to undergo the “Melania Makeover”, a series of procedures nicknamed by Houston surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose. The surgery was introduced in response to client interest in resembling the first lady. Source