Jan 12, 2024

By Jeremy Logan

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A coroner’s inquest for Sammy Yatim, a teenage Toronto boy who was shot by a police officer on an empty streetcar, is set to begin Friday.

Yatim was just 18 years old when he was shot by Constable James Forcillo, back in July 2013.

Yatim, who was holding a small knife at the time of the incident, was struck by two separate volleys of bullets.

Jurors had acquitted Forcillo of second-degree murder related to the first round of shots, which court heard had killed the teen, but the officer was convicted of attempted murder related to the second volley, which was fired while Yatim was lying on his back.

Forcillo was sentenced to six and a half years behind bars and was granted full parole back in 2020.

Asha James is the lawyer for Yatim’s mother, Dr. Sahar Bahati.

James says Bahati hopes the inquest will lead to changes in how police are trained in de-escalation, and would like to see police given new strategies for dealing with mental health calls.

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