TORONTO — The Crown is to continue its case today against a Toronto police officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 18-year-old man.
On Wednesday, the Toronto jury saw several videos of the July 2013 incident in which Sammy Yatim was fatally shot by Const. James Forcillo on an empty streetcar.
Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting.
Crown prosecutors have said they plan to prove that Forcillo's actions during the incident were neither necessary nor reasonable.
Forcillo's lawyer has said he will be arguing that the officer's actions were justified and carried out in self-defence.
The jury has also been told an autopsy found Yatim had consumed the drug ecstasy before he boarded the streetcar where he died.
Jurors saw four silent videos — taken from cameras inside the streetcar — that collectively show much of the incidents that led to his death. Two of the videos captured Yatim in his final moments.
Yatim boarded the streetcar around 11:45 p.m. on July 26, 2013, according to the time stamp on the videos. About 15 minutes later, he lay on the floor of the vehicle, his body convulsing after the first shots were fired.
All four videos from inside the streetcar show passengers rushing to the front of the vehicle in panic, pouring out of its doors as soon as it stops, while Yatim can be seen following the crowd holding the knife in front of him in his right hand.
In one of the videos it becomes clear that Yatim is holding his penis in one hand and the knife in the other as he walks forward.
The jury has been told the standoff between Forcillo and Yatim lasted about 50 seconds, during which the officer shouted repeated commands for Yatim to drop his knife.
When Yatim refused, the jury has heard that Forcillo fired three bullets which hit Yatim in the heart, spine and arm, and then, after about five seconds, Forcillo fired another six bullets, five of which hit the teen while he was on the floor.
The Canadian Press