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The use of force against citizens in distress on public roads is at the center of the coroner's investigation in Toronto.

Ex-constable James Forcillo testifies at coroner's inquest

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James Forcillo was suspended with pay when criminal charges were filed against him for the death of Sammy Yatim, then without pay when he was convicted of attempted murder following his criminal trial in 2016 in Toronto.

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Twist at coroner's inquest into Sammy Yatim's death: Hearings were abruptly adjourned Monday as cross-examination of former officer James Forcillo, who fatally shot the man, began teenager on a city tram in 2013. An objection to a question from the Yatim family did not please Mr. Forcillo's lawyer.

Sammy Yatim was killed by former police officer James Forcillo while he was exposing his genitals and brandishing a retractable knife in a metropolitan streetcar in 2013. The affair sparked outrage in Toronto.

The coroner's inquest into the events was, however, delayed and could not begin until James Forcillo had exhausted all legal remedies

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Ex-Officer James Forcillo, who was fired from the Toronto Police Service after his failure at the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2018, testifies at the coroner's inquest.

On the sixth day of the hearings, Ed Upenieks, the lawyer for Sammy's father, Nabil Yatim, advanced on a slippery slope from the start of the cross-examination on Monday.

He asked James Forcillo the reasons why he was investigated at the Ontario Police Academy in 2009. It was indeed a harassment case? the ;#x27;he asks.

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Mr. Forcillo's lawyer, Peter Brauti, immediately objected to the question, which he called a ;#x27;sassy and inappropriate.

It was enough for Dr. David Cameron, who chaired the hearings, to exclude the jury from the hearings to discuss Mr. Brauti's objection with the other speakers involved in these hearings.

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James Forcillo's lawyer, Peter Brauti, is representing the former police officer in these hearings.

As in a criminal trial, however, the press is not authorized to reveal the content of these discussions; she can only report what is said in the presence of the five jurors.

Visibly irritated, Dr. Cameron had nevertheless warned the lawyers at the beginning of the afternoon not to damage the reputation of the witness, reminding them that the scope of the investigation had been reduced.

This investigation consists of understanding what happened and making recommendations to improve techniques for de-escalating violence when police officers face a citizen in distress on the public highway, he repeats.

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The coroner presiding over the online hearings, Dr David Cameron

Dr Cameron invited the parties to consult separately and privately on the webinar, where the hearings take place, and to return on Tuesday with a consensus on how to conduct their cross-examination.

James Forcillo had explained, earlier during his interrogation, that he had always wanted to be a police officer after having been, for a short time, a security guard at the ;#x27;Ontario Legislative Assembly.

It's a prestigious job to serve and protect the public, I particularly enjoy detective work, he said.

He said he studied criminology at East Los Angeles College in 2003 after completing high school in Ontario. He later returned to Toronto to study psychology at York University.

I wanted to continue my studies in criminology, but the program was not offered in evening classes , he said, explaining that he worked during the day to pay for his studies.

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James Forcillo answers questions from Crown Attorney Grace Alcaide-Janicas, as his attorney Peter Brauti and Coroner Dr. Cameron look on.

James Forcillo received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York in 2007. He added that he then applied to the Toronto Police Service because it is the largest police force in the province.

He emphasized that he had worked alone or with different teammates, but never the same until February 2013, when his employer assigned him agent Iris Fleckeisen.

He told public prosecutor Grace Alcaide-Janicas that he does not recall a complaint being filed against him after an intervention with of a minor and a member of the child's family.

You were a little strong with them, no, you seem to have problems managing relations with the public? asks Me Alcaide- Janicas without specifying what exactly had happened.

I wouldn't say that, I was a workaholic and worked for the position of police 14, the most important in the service, he replied.

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Officer James Forcillo and his lawyer Lawrence Gridin during his 2016 criminal trial in Toronto.

James Forcillo also doesn't remember being the subject of several investigations for having drawn at five returned his firearm for no reason in 2012, a year before Sammy's death, and then ten days before the fateful date of July 27, 2013.

He stressed that he does, however, remember having completed an investigation report as required the protocol each time a police officer draws his weapon without firing or each time he opens fire.

I haven't been a police officer for over 10 years, I already said everything during his criminal trial and my parole board hearing and I don't know what more to say , he said dryly.

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Sammy Yatim was killed by Toronto police in 2013 when he was in crisis on a city streetcar.

James Forcillo confirmed that he was suspended for several days by his employer after July 27, 2013 and then returned to work at the Crime Stoppers office, but without his uniform.

The former police officer clarified that he was still under arrest his parole until May 2024.

He recognizes that this tragedy could have been avoided if the Police officers had electric shock guns at the time.

However, he recalled, these weapons were not reserved for the At the time, there were only a few supervisors and supervisors were few in number. He also accuses the Ministry of the Solicitor General of Ontario of having failed in its task on this subject.

A Taser would have been a game changer and we wouldn't be here if I had a stun gun, it would have made all the difference, he concluded.

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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