The wife of James Forcillo, the Toronto Police officer found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, says her husband doesn’t deserve to go to jail because he isn’t a risk to society.
Irina Forcillo wrote:
“I do not see how James can ever be in jail. He is not a danger to the public, I assure you of that! In fact, he is the one whose purpose has always been to protect. He is not a criminal. He is a police officer who had an extremely dangerous and tragic encounter.”
She says that if Forcillo goes to prison, she’ll have to put the brakes on the three-year MBA she is currently in school for, and move into her parents’ home in order to keep a roof over her family’s head.
“The worst part is how am I going to explain this to my five- and six-year-old girls. What will I tell them? That daddy was trying to protect people but unfortunate events happened and now he has to go to jail.”
“I can not imagine the pain Sammy Yatim’s mother must have in her heart. However, it does not mean that now another family should be destroyed in an attempt to provide some semblance of balance . . . It is not justice to break our family apart in return. To scar our children for the rest of their lives and to break a marriage.”