Forcillo and Yatim didn't live in a vacuum. Ontario has hundreds of thousands of public sector employees, and millions of citizens. The point that is conveniently missed is the lack of accountability in Ontario is not something unique to the relationship between police and citizen. It's not as if the police has a unique culture, interfacing with a society that the rest of the public sector doesn't engage. Accountability is a two-way process. We have a cultural accountability problem.
"I just watched someone's son get killed."
Months have passed since the attack in Lahore, and the police have not yet laid charges. The lack of social justice is a recipe for disaster, chaos, and mob rule. The scenes from Islamabad and Ferguson, Missouri, are indeed two manifestations of the same problem. Toronto has escaped riots because its citizens hold dear the principles of social justice and equality.
The police officer charged in last summer's shooting death of Sammy Yatim while the Toronto teenager was aboard an empty
The father of Sammy Yatim, the 18-year-old fatally shot by Toronto police one year ago, says the questions surrounding his
The family of Sammy Yatim, the 18-year-old gunned down during a confrontation with Toronto police nearly a year ago, has
James Forcillo arrives at court with his wife Irina in Toronto on Tuesday. (Photo: CP) Caught on video and posted on YouTube
All I could see was my dad attempting to move past the first officer and that officer not moving, continuing to block the door way and then preceding to hold back my father. I screamed, "Daddy, just wait! Just wait! Don't move any further." I was reminded me of the rash, fatal shooting and tasering of Sammy Yatim and feared that my father could too have suffered a similar fate
The shooting death by police of a Hamilton man on leave from the psychiatric wing of St Joseph's Hospital remains shrouded in mystery and refusals to talk. Steve Mesic left behind a very supportive family, friends and a pregnant fiance all of whom are devastated by his death and upset at the lack of transparency from city officials.
Police are not social workers, they are not psychiatrists, they are not therapists. The police are tasked with keeping the community at large safe. This is a complicated subject that has society divided and the law enforcement and mental health communities are struggling to find common ground.