TORONTO — A Toronto police officer sentenced to six years for gunning down a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago has been granted bail while he appeals the conviction.
The appeal judge, Justice Eileen Gillese, ruled Const. James Forcillo poses no risk to the public of reoffending.
At sentencing on Thursday, Justice Edward Then said Forcillo abused his authority in a way that undermines public trust in law enforcement and the justice system.
Justice Then said that in letting loose a second volley of shots on 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, Forcillo committed an “egregious breach of trust” and his sentence must serve as notice to other police officers.
Forcillo’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, said an appeal had already been filed on the conviction and sentencing. (more...)
Toronto cop sentenced to six years in Sammy Yatim’s shooting death released on bail while he appeals