Supreme Court to say if it will hear case of cop who shot teen on streetcar

OTTAWA – A Toronto police officer who shot a teenager on an empty streetcar five years ago finds out today if Canada’s top court will hear his case.

A jury acquitted Const. James Forcillo of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim in 2016.

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However, jurors convicted him of attempted murder related to a second volley of bullets he fired after Yatim was down and dying.

Forcillo’s lawyers argue the first and second volleys were artificially divided into discrete events.

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They are also contesting Forcillo’s initial six-year sentence, which was a year longer than the mandatory minimum.

Bystander video of the shooting sparked widespread public outrage.

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