Friday, May 20, 2016

Police ‘should not be above the law,’ Yatim’s mother says

The mother of an 18-year-old man fatally shot by a Toronto police officer on an empty streetcar nearly three years ago said her son should be remembered for more than just the last moments of his young life.

In a sit-down interview with CP24 late Thursday afternoon, Sahar Bahadi, mother of Sammy Yatim, said there was so much more to her son than the images that have been seen by the public of the moments leading up to his death.

“The life of Sammy is not just these 20 or 30 minutes on the streetcar,” she said. “I wanted the public to know that Sammy is not just that 30 minutes which (people) see on the TV.”

Yatim was fatally shot by Toronto police Const. James Forcillo while armed with a knife aboard a streetcar on Dundas Street in July 2013.

Forcillo was acquitted of second-degree murder in connection with Yatim’s death, but was found guilty of attempted murder for firing a second volley of shots after the teen was already down.

His sentencing hearing is currently ongoing.  (more...)

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