A Toronto police officer sentenced to six years in prison for fatally shooting a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago was granted bail on Friday.
The appeal judge, Justice Eileen Gillese, said in her ruling that there is no grounds to believe Const. James Forcillo would re-offend or pose a risk to the public if released.
The officer was acquitted in January of second-degree murder, but found guilty of attempted murder for continuing to fire after 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, who had consumed ecstasy and was wielding a small knife, had fallen to the floor.
In his sentencing on Thursday, Justice Edward Then said the officer abused his authority in a way that undermines public trust in law enforcement and the justice system.
Forcillo’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, says an appeal has been filed on the conviction and sentence.
Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement released on Thursday that the officer has been suspended without pay.
As Forcillo’s legal proceedings continue in court, he also faces disciplinary matters in the Toronto Police Service Tribunal.
“The last three years have been difficult for everyone involved, including the families of Sammy Yatim and James Forcillo,” Saunders said in a statement.
“The Toronto Police Service will continue to protect and support the public, and each other, and I am certain members will continue to do their jobs professionally and with respect.”