Toronto police Constable James Forcillo’s trial on second degree murder charges will begin on October 13th. Forcillo is being accused of fatally shooting 18 year old Sammy Yatim eight times on a Toronto street car in 2013.
In the last three years the Edmonton Police Service has held more than 100 disciplinary hearings for officers. In Calgary, during the same period there have been only 8.
Does this cause morale problems for police officers in Edmonton who worry about being disciplined for what they see as just doing their jobs and at a rate far higher than their counterparts in Calgary and perhaps across Canada? Are cops under too much pressure and too quickly criminally charged, or are too many police officers playing fast and loose with the law themselves?