Feb 02, 2024
By Jane Brown
The lawyer for Sammy Yatim’s mother is addressing some of the 63 recommendations of a cornoner’s inquest into the teen’s death, aboard an empty TTC streetcar at the hands of a Toronto police officer.
Asha James says of paramount importance is the ruling that Yatim was not trying to commit “suicide by cop” as put forward by James Forcillo, the officer who shot and killed Yatim.
“That was definitely at the time very troubling to Sammy’s mother and the rest of his family and so, today’s (Thursday’s) verdict of a homicide vindicates any thought that Sammy was trying to kill himself that night,” James further explained.
Many of the recommendations are seen as an effort to prevent similar deaths in the future.
They touch on officer training and monitoring, peer intervention and mental health supports for officers and family members of those killed or seriously injured by police.
The inquest heard that Forcillo had drawn a firearm six times in the 15 months before Yatim’s death in July of 2013.
Sammy Yatim was 18-years old at the time he was killed.