The officer who shot dead 18-year-old Sammy Yatim on a streetcar in 2013 has been sentenced to 6 years in jail.
Constable James Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder for continuing to fire on the teen after he had already fallen to the floor.
The altercation between Yatim and police was caught on cellphone video in 2013, and went viral.
Forcillo’s legal team attempted a constitutional appeal against the mandatory minimum sentence of four or five years, with his lawyers arguing the sentence never intended to be applied to peace officers who legally have a right to carry a gun on duty.
Meanwhile, the Crown asked for an eight to ten year sentence due to the fact that Forcillo used irrational lethal force. The justice ruled that the crown’s ask was unreasonable.
Forcillo’s lawyers will appeal the verdict.
Yatim’s mother, Sahar Bahdi, spoke after the trial and thanked the justice for his verdict.
“The sentence of six years for officer Forcillo is justice for Sammy.” said a composed Bahdi, “My family will now attempt to put the pieces of our lives back together.”
In a statement, TPS Chief Mark Saunders says Forcillo has been suspended without pay and faces a disciplinary hearing before the Toronto Police Service Tribunal.