A Toronto courtroom Thursday heard audio from Sammy Yatim’s final moments on a Dundas streetcar back in July of 2013.
The trial determining the fate of Constable James Forcillo, charged with the second-degree murder and attempted murder of 18-year-old knife-wielding Yatim, continues.
Before he was shot, Yatim could be heard saying “Get off, run, don’t walk.”
He calmly chatted with the streetcar driver.
When Forcillo showed up, the cop began yelling “Drop the knife, drop the knife, drop the (expletive) knife, drop it.”
“No,” replies Yatim. “No pussy. You’re a pussy.”
Forcillo responded by shouting “you take one step in this direction and … I’m going to shoot you,” while another officer says “don’t move.”
Shots are fired seconds later. Afterwards, another call of “drop the knife” is issued before more bullets are fired.
Forcillo’s lawyer Peter Brauti pointed out Thursday that three, maybe even four drugs were found in Sammy Yatim’s system, including ecstasy, marijuana and byproducts of cocaine. Brauti suggests that this meant Yatim was “out of control.”
Do you agree with Forcillo’s lawyer that a drugged individual like Yatim is difficult for a cop to adequately control? Does this make Forcillo’s decision to pull the trigger multiple times a more sound one?