Rank #1: Part 1 - The Shooting
In 2013, a Toronto Police Officer shot and killed a teenager armed with a knife on a streetcar. Videotaped footage showing the officer firing 9 times at Sammy Yatim caused public outrage. The officer would go on trial and be found guilty of attempted murder. But this fall his lawyers will argue before the Ontario Court of Appeal that there was a miscarriage of justice when the trial judge refused evidence that the teen was on a mission to commit suicide by cop. This podcast is written and produced by Kathy Kenzora who is also host of a podcast called 1995.
Aug 31 2017
Rank #2: Part 2 - The People
This episode takes a look at the people touched by this case. Sammy Yatim was an 18-year-old Syrian immigrant trying to fit in to a new life in Toronto. 31 year old police constable James Forcillo is a married father of 2 young girls. Their lives collided tragically in July 2013 when Yatim was shot to death by Forcillo on a Toronto streetcar.
Sep 08 2017
Rank #3: Part 3 - The Training
After 18 year-old Sammy Yatim was shot and killed by a Toronto Police officer, the public had many questions. Why did the officer shoot him so many times? Why didn't the officer shoot him in the leg or somewhere else non-life threatening. This episode takes a look at how police officers are trained in an effort to answer those questions.
Sep 15 2017
Rank #4: Part 7 - The Decision
On April 30, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo. The officer was found guilty of attempted murder in connection with the shooting death of teenager Sammy Yatim in 2013. He was sentenced to six years in prison. Forcillo appealed his conviction and sentence on a number of grounds including the judge's decision not to allow evidence regarding the defence theory that Yatim was trying to commit suicide by cop. This is the final episode of this series. Please let me know what you thought of the podcast and the case. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org on Twitter @1995_podcast and Facebook @1995podcast. Thanks for listening kk
May 07 2018
Rank #5: Update: Forcillo's bail revoked
Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo is now behind bars. His bail was revoked after he was caught living with his new fiancé. Forcillo will remain in custody until his appeal continues in April 2018.
Forcillo's wife stood by his side throughout the trial. They have since filed for divorce and he is now engaged to a woman he met while he attended college in California.
Dec 05 2017