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Toronto Police Service Officer Charged in Death of Sammy Yatim. Toronto Sun breaks with “James forcillo charged with second degree murder” tweet

August 19th, 2013  

At 8:57 AM Joe Warmington tweeted “SIU will announce Sammy Yatim – Const. James Forcillo investigation today”

Three minutes later he’s the first to break:

Joe Warmington ‏@joe_warmington 3h

James forcillo charged with second degree murder

9:00 AM – 19 Aug 13

WOW! What a shocker! I did not expect that!

Toronto Sun's Joe Warmington @joe_warmington breaks SIU decision to charge Toronto Police officer James Forcillo with second-degree murder

For the record, this press release from the Special Investigative Unit Ontario:

News Release

Toronto Police Service Officer Charged in Death of Sammy Yatim

Case Number: 13-TFD-181

Mississauga (19 August, 2013) — The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Adib Yatim in July of 2013. Director Scott has caused a charge of Second Degree Murder contrary to s. 235(1) of the Criminal Code to be laid against the officer. The incident took place on a TTC streetcar around midnight on July 26-27, 2013.

A warrant was issued this morning for the arrest of TPS Constable James Forcillo.

Because the arrest warrant was just issued, Cst Forcillo has not been arrested at this point. An updated news release will be issued and tweeted as soon as there are any material developments.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

    • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
    • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
    • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

Monica Hudon
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342


Also for the record, the original video of Sammy Yatim’s shooting death.  Uploaded July 26, 2013.

Police shoot 18 year old Sammy Yatim at Bellwoods and Dundas, Toronto

And the enhanced version byTheEditPlayer

Enhanced video – Shooting of Sammy Yatim by Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo on July 27, 2013

A reminder that the Ontario Ombudsman has announced that his office is launching a full probe into the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. What follows is video of Andre Marin’s August 8, 2013 announcement.

Ontario Ombudsman  Announcement – Annonce : Ontario direction on de-escalation – Directives concernant la désescalade

That’s it.

With sadness…



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