Sammy Yatim video: “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?” And first three shots in 0.750 seconds!
July 30th, 2013
[UPDATE Thursday, August 1, 2013. Today’s Globe & Mail states that “18-year-old was shot nine times by Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo after the teen brandished a knife on a streetcar Friday night.”
Next, in this blog we incorrectly wrote, “The first shot starts at 39.125 and the third ends at 39.958. First three shots in 0.833 seconds!” Actually, the third shot is at 39.875 in the YouTube video, “Enhanced video – Shooting of Sammy Yatim by Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo” by TheEditPlayer. That means the first three shots were fired in 0.750 seconds. As a result we had to change the title to reflect this.]
A ton has been written since a Toronto cop pumped nine shots into Sammy Yatim and killed him. I avoided actually watching the YouTube video because I’m loathe to watch such End of Life violence.
But I did yesterday for no other reason than among all the Twitter outrage and media noise, how could I not watch the event —on video, As It Happened.
How many times have I referred to raw video as “irrefutable proof”? I decided that not only did I have to watch, I had to download and analyze the YouTube “Police shoot 18 year old Sammy Yatim at Bellwoods and Dundas, Toronto” video by Martin Baron.
After enhancing the audio, I heard an faint voice talk into the video camera —something like “[inaudible] shooting that guy”. Police sirens obscured what was actually said, so I went back to YouTube to see if anyone had created an enhanced version of Mr. Baron’s.
YouTube user TheEditPlayer posted a magnified version that also included a time stamp. I downloaded that version as well.
By magnifying TheEditPlayer’s audio from seconds 22.667 to 32.663 it was certain that someone very close to the camera —perhaps even the videographer had said “[inaudible] shooting that guy” at seconds 29.417 to 32.500.
Increasing audio to 29.417 to 32.500 and repeating the clip over and over, I finally think I made sense out of the inaudible faint beginning. To my ear, at least, it sounds like someone talking into the video camera (and perhaps to himself) asks, “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?”
In the National Post article “Sammy Yatim’s final warning: New audio reveals officer’s hostile words before teen was shot dead by police” Josh Visser writes:
In the enhanced audio recording made available to the National Post, it appears police gave Yatim one stark warning just seconds before they opened fire.
“If you take one step in this direction with that foot …[inaudible] die,” a male police officer appears to tell the teenager. Five seconds later the first three shots ring out.
“If you take one step in this direction with that foot …[inaudible] die” begins at second 23.792. The third of three rapid shots ends at 39.875.
That’s 16.166 seconds the National Post analyzed. But the Post either failed to notice something said or chose not to report it.
So allow me.
It’s clear from the video that the videographer sure believes what the police officer is shouting. Right after “If you take one step in this direction with that foot …[inaudible] die,” the camera’s motion suggests that the videographer is backing away!
And as the camera backs away, it also picks up someone faintly asking what appears to be “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?” with “start shooting that guy” certain.
Whoever asked “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?” didn’t have to wait long. The first shot starts at 39.125 and the third ends at 39.875. First three shots in 0.750 seconds!
And it’s not “they start shooting that guy”. But one Toronto Police officer —all nine shots his!….
Here’s my worked-up video…
Sammy Yatim video: Does someone really say, “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?”
I feel sorry for Chief Bill Blair….
Toronto Police Chief Blair reprimands officers — Credit: Toronto Star Freedom of Information