08/19/2013 10:14 EDT | Updated 10/19/2013 05:12 EDT

Toronto Police Officer In Streetcar Shooting Charged With Murder

A Toronto police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Sammy Yatim, the 18-year old shot on a streetcar last month.

A statement issued Monday from Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit says the actions of Const. James Forcillo in the downtown Toronto incident this summer justify a charge of second-degree murder.

Forcillo, the officer who fired the shots, had been suspended from duty during the investigation.

Yatim was on a streetcar stopped on Dundas Street West, near Bellwoods Avenue, when he was shot dead in the early minutes of July 27.

Witnesses have said that Yatim was holding a knife while inside the streetcar.

The shooting was recorded on video by several sources. Footage posted online has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

The 18-year-old's death shocked many Toronto residents, and prompted a protest march days attended by hundreds of people.

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