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Umar Zameer, 34, was released two months after his arrest on $335,000 bail.

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Toronto Police Sergeant Lisa Forbes, upon her arrival in court, is an important witness against the Crown in the trial of Umar Zameer.

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The defense of an individual accused of having killed a police officer with his car in Toronto finds numerous contradictions in the testimony of the Crown's key witness. Umar Zameer is charged with the premeditated murder of Officer Jeffrey Northrup in the underground parking lot of Toronto City Hall on the night of July 1-2, 2021.

On the second day of cross-examination, defense lawyer Nader Hasan suggested that Sergeant Lisa Forbes exaggerated in her testimony the day before because ;she still feels uneasy about the events of the night of the murder.

Me Hasan notes numerous contradictions between the police officer's testimony at the trial and her testimony at the preliminary investigation and her notes to the investigators of police on July 2, 2021.

Sgte Lisa Forbes, however, does not deviate from her version and denies lying to the witness stand.

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Me Hasan, for example, doubts that his client performed five maneuvers behind the wheel as the police officer maintains, but rather that he only performed three.

He backed up twice and hit Officer Northrup twice, Sgt disputes Forbes, who was the victim's teammate that evening.

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Umar Zameer, kneeling, in front of a police officer dressed in plain clothes a few minutes after his arrest on July 2, 2021.

The lawyer nevertheless maintains that the videos from the garage's surveillance cameras contradict the police officer's account and that Officer Northrup was not catapulted into the air as she claims.

It is difficult to see Agent Northrup, but Me Hasan assures us that we cannot see Agent Northrup there. #x27;you don't see the victim being hit by his client's car.

See the video recording she never had before seen, Sgte Forbes recognizes that we cannot see her late colleague.

Overwhelmed by emotion, the policewoman began to cry and she asked the judge for a break to compose herself.

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The entrance to the City Hall garage, right in front of where the murder occurred.

On the way back, Sgt Forbes maintains that she clearly remembers seeing Officer Northrup standing in front of the car raising his arms perpendicularly forward to signal the accused to stop.

Could it be possible for you to embellish your statements , because you are uncomfortable?, asks Me Hasan.

Sgt Forbes categorically rejects the allegation. I keep replaying in my head what happened that night, she replies.

Your memory does not, however, correspond to the objective evidence in this case, replies the lawyer.

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Officer Jeffrey Northrup was crushed to death in the parking lot beneath Toronto City Hall on the night of July 1-2, 2021.

For the defense, it is clear that the police had the wrong person. They were searching for an assailant that night near City Hall in connection with a knife attack. The victim of the attack gave Sgt Forbes a description of his attacker and it turns out he looked like the accused.

The Crown had made it clear to the jury that Umar Zameer was not the stabbing assailant and the trial demonstrated, with supporting videos, that the family of the murderer #x27;accused had encountered a shirtless man injured in the abdomen while returning to the city hall parking lot.

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Paramedics and police officers come to the aid of an individual who suffered a knife wound to the abdomen on the night of July 1, 2021. Sgt Forbes is in shorts on the left.

Me Hasan then shows Sgte Forbes the photo of the accused when he was arrested a few minutes after the death of the accused ;Officer Northrup.

The individual has a dark complexion, but he wears a trimmed and very short beard and he doesn't have thick hair at all like she described. He didn't have a long beard and his hair was short, she admits.

The defense lawyer explained on Wednesday that his client had been afraid for the lives of his pregnant wife and their son and that he thought they had been ambushed by criminals.

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Umar Zameer, his 8-month-pregnant wife and their 2-year-old son in the elevator to the Toronto City Hall garage on the night of the murder.

He recalls that officers Northrup and Forbes were dressed in civilian clothes and that the unmarked police vehicle which blocked his path in the garage had tinted windows.

The underground parking lot was also deserted and it was close to midnight. It was an empty and dirty parking lot, there was no one there, it was Canada Day, explains the policewoman.

Sgte Forbes assures in her testimony that she duly identified herself by showing her badge when she arrested Umar Zameer.

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The accused, Umar Zameer, surrounded by his lawyers, Nader Hasan and Alexandra Heine, leave the court after a day of hearing.

She emphasizes that she was not otherwise aggressive in stopping the accused's car in the garage, but she acknowledges that she did hit the hood, then the driver's window.

We did not rush towards his car, we walked with the intention of questioning the driver, she repeats.

She no longer remembers whether she hit the window with her fist or with the palm of her hand. main.

I don't know if the occupants of the car were scared, they had no reason to be alarmed, she said, recognizing however that she had indeed experienced a communication problem.

The sergeant also admits that she had no legal reason to apprehend Umar Zameer when she went to his car . That was never our intention, she said.

Hearings will resume Monday with testimony other police officers dressed in plain clothes who were present the night of the tragedy.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116