Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Forcillo too aggressive with Sammy Yatim from the start, Crown argues at sentencing

From the moment Const. James Forcillo left his police cruiser with his gun raised, he was trying to intimidate Sammy Yatim, the Crown argued Tuesday at Forcillo’s sentencing hearing for the attempted murder of Yatim.

“(Forcillo) failed to follow his training and common sense and chose to pursue an unnecessarily aggressive and emotional approach,” Crown prosecutor Milan Rupic said.

That is a breach of trust, he said, because police officers are required to ensure civilians are not unnecessarily injured when being arrested.

Rupic argued that Justice Edward Then should look at the entirety of Forcillo’s behaviour when making his sentencing decision, including Forcillo’s failure to use de-escalation before both the first and second volleys of shots he fired at Yatim.

Justice Then responded that it seems far more interesting to compare the de-escalation efforts made by Forcillo before each volley.

Some attempt at de-escalation was made before the first shots through the commands to drop the knife, but no attempt at all was made in the six seconds before the second volley of shots, Then said.  (more...)

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