Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Accused killer cop Forcillo takes the stand

Const. James Forcillo is expected to take the stand at his murder trial this afternoon and for the first time to explain what led to his firing nine shots at knife-wielding teen Sammy Yatim.

Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second -degree murder and attempted murder in the death of the 18-year-old on an empty streetcar in July 2013. He's expected to be the first witness called as his defence begins.

His lawyer Peter Brauti has told the jury Forcillo was legally justified to open fire to prevent serious bodily harm to himself and members of the public.

The Crown, which closed its case Monday, argued Forcillo wasn't acting in self-defence during the stand-off and had time to use other means besides lethal force to de-escalate the situation.  (more...)

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