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Yatim shooting: Blair to announce update on police review

08/30/2013 12:32 EDT | Updated 10/30/2013 05:12 EDT
Toronto police Chief Bill Blair is expected to make an announcement today on how he will proceed with a review of use-of-force policies now that retired judge Dennis O'Connor has withdrawn from the process.

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O'Connor said earlier this week he would pull out over conflict-of-interest concerns raised by victims' families.

The law firm O'Connor works for acts on behalf of the Toronto Police Service in civil suits, some of them involving use-of-force.

Blair is mandated under the Police Services Act to conduct a review in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim because the Special Investigations Unit is involved.

Yatim died in July after he was shot multiple times during a confrontation with police aboard an empty streetcar.

Blair appointed has said the review will be "extraordinary" in scope, looking beyond Yatim's case to include a review of international best practices.

The shooting is also being probed by the province's Special Investigations Unit and Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin, who will examine how police set guidelines for handling such situations.

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