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9 shots + Tazer for knife wielding teen in Toronto Street Car

Carpe Diem

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So many things....

Although these points have likely been brought up - what if he had mental illness? Someone had drugged him? There were so many people in the area (on bikes, etc.)...how about their safety with a barrage of bullets being fired?

It seems to me to be excessive force. Do they not have tasers or other cannister type weapons to diffuse the situation vs the worst case scenario - killing someone? He's a kid for chrissake. I just am sick over this because, although he was armed and a threat, killing him didn't seem like the only option.

He's totally outnumbered with no where to go but out of the street car...seems like they could have apprehended him vs shooting him a number of times.

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Toronto police officer charged with murder in streetcar shooting

Sammy Yatim, 18, shot dead by police in July

CBC News

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2013 7:36 AM PT

Sammy Yatim, 18, was shot dead by police on a Toronto streetcar last month. On Monday, the officer was charged with second-degree murder.

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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