Verdict reached in Forcillo trial

A verdict has been reached in the trial of a Toronto police officer who fatally shot a teen on a streetcar, police have confirmed to CTV News.

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Sammy Yatim, 18, was shot by Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo on July 27, 2013.

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

The Toronto police officer's lawyers argued that Forcillo's actions were justified and carried out in self-defence, while the crown said his actions were unnecessary.

Through the months-long trial, jurors have heard that Yatim had taken ecstasy before boarding the streetcar. Once on board, Yatim’s bahvaiour, which included pulling out a small knife, caused other passengers to panic.

Jurors also heard testimony from a woman who was sitting near Yatim, and the streetcar driver who tried to calm the teen down.

Forcillo told the jury he believed Yatim was going to attack officers who responded to the 911 call. In two separate volleys, Forcillo fired nine bullets at Yatim. Eight struck the teen.

CTV Toronto's Austin Delaney reported that the courtroom was packed with members of the media and friends and family of Yatim and Forcillo. Yatim's mother and the president of the Toronto Police Association were also in attendance.

There was also a heavy police presence outside the courthouse.

This is a developing story. More to come…



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