Sammy Yatim, 18, was shot and killed by a Toronto (Canada) police officer om July 13, 2013.
Police was responding a call about a man who threatened passengers of a streetcar with a knife. Two officers arrived at the scene. They tased Yatim and told him to put the knife down. According to officers, he started moving towards them. Officer James Forcillo fired three shots at Yatim. He fell to the ground. Forcillo said Yatim started to get up, so he fired six more shots. Later autopsy revealed that initial volley had severed Yatim’s spine, so he was unable to get up.
Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder and was convicted to 6 years in a prison. In January 2021 he was granted parole after serving 21 months of his term.
Yatim’s family was broken after the officer’s release. In May 2021 Andrea Horwath, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ontario, claimed that families of victims of police violence, including Yatim’s family, are still seeking justice.
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The initiative group has requested the clarification from Attorney General of Canada David T. Lametti and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.