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The use of force against citizens in distress on public roads was at the center of the pleadings in Toronto.

A mental health approach suggested in police

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Sammy Yatim was killed by Toronto police in 2013 while he was in crisis in a metropolis tramway.

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The jury at the&#x27 The coroner's investigation into the death of Sammy Yatim recommends that the province ensure that members of police forces in Ontario are all well trained in mental health to avoid resorting to deadly force when they facing citizens in psychological distress. The 18-year-old was killed by a police officer after brandishing a knife on a Toronto streetcar in 2013.

The jurors' recommendations essentially resemble the 53 joint proposals that the 11 parties involved in this investigation suggested to them on Tuesday before they entered in their deliberations. The jury also formulated 10 others of its own.

The five jurors also unsurprisingly reached a verdict of homicide, since young Sammy died from injuries that were not accidental.

Jury recommends Ontario Police Services Boards institutionalize community engagement in areas of mental health through the creation of an advisory committee on mental health mental health modeled on that of the Toronto Police Services Board.

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This approach would be community-based in that it would involve organizations and professionals in the mental health and addiction field, including people living with mental problems.

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A friend of Sammy Yatim holds his photograph outside the courthouse during the trial of James Forcillo.

These committees should adequately reflect diversity of the community and address the intersectionality of unconscious or unconscious bias, mental health and addiction.

A similar committee was already created in 2019 in Toronto. Its purpose is to review, advise and make recommendations to the Commission on an annual basis regarding the city's police strategy regarding mental health.

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The recommendations are addressed to the Toronto police, but also to other police services in the province and to police services boards in Ontario , the Solicitor General of Ontario and the Ontario Police College.

Police officers should also receive health first aid training mentality to prepare for any eventuality on the ground.

The coroner's investigation showed that agent James Forcillo had no such training when he faced Sammy Yatim.

The jury then suggests that police departments mandate a peer intervention program or create it where it does not exist. x27; does not exist.

This is training that allows a police officer to intervene with a colleague who is holding a citizen in distress at gunpoint to dissuade him from shooting.

This program should reassure police officers that they do not incur any disciplinary action from their employer for having acted in this way.

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Sammy Yatim was killed on the night of July 27, 2013 when he showed his penis to distraught female passengers and brandished a knife on this city tram.

The investigation revealed that no one had intervened with James Forcillo to dissuade him from opening fire on Sammy Yatim.

The jury calls on the Ministry of the Solicitor General to issue a directive to protect whistleblowers in the police forces of the National Police. Ontario.

Any police officer who denounces another for inappropriate use of force or who reports any misconduct to his superiors would thus be protected against any reprisals.

The jury recommends that the ethics department in police forces ensures that a person other than an internal investigator is available to examine the conduct of an officer who used force on public roads.

In Ontario, drawing your weapon in public, even without shooting, is considered a use of force.

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Sammy Yatim in the last minutes of his life in the tram that the driver, Chad Seymour, had evacuated before the police arrived.

The investigation showed that James Forcillo had drawn his weapon five times, in the space of eight months, a year before the death of the teenager.

Mr. Forcillo had said in his testimony that no one followed up when an internal investigation was opened into his behavior.

The jury also suggests providing intervention cameras to front-line agents. The recordings would be systematically viewed when an officer is the subject of an internal or external complaint about the use of force.

It also suggests reviewing the professional practices and standards of police services to see if there is reason to periodically monitor the risk posed by a police officer on public roads.

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Image taken from surveillance video of the streetcar Sammy Yatim was on before being shot by officer James Forcillo, who is holding him plays at the foot of the stairs.

The jury recommends reviewing the role of its psychologists in the police forces so that they can participate more in the early intervention program with an officer who is the subject of an investigation for use of force.

He also invites police services to tighten hiring criteria and identify weaknesses among recruits and the risks that they may be recruited. they could represent during their probationary period and remedy it.

Conversely, agents who demonstrate excellent empathy and cool skills should act as mentors.

The jury suggests the creation of a national center of excellence in police training to enhance the teaching and training of police officers in the country with the participation of the academic community.

It also proposes to the Ontario Police College to extend the current training by 12 weeks and to review its educational program periodically to update it.

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James Forcillo was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison following his criminal trial in 2016 for attempted murder before being discharged from his service.

The jury recommends incorporating, into police training, scenarios that are inspired by reality alongside their training on de-escalating violence, including intervention with peers and measures against unconscious bias.

The investigation showed that the scenario similar to that which happened in the tram the night of July 26, 2013 is still not taught in police academies or within the Toronto Police Service.

The jury proposes that the province create or facilitate access to financial and psychological services for the families of people who are killed or injured by a police officer in the exercise of their duties.

The investigation showed that the Yatim family had been left behind and that the province had not helped them in 10 years to overcome his trauma.

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Sahar Bahadi and her daughter Sara Ann said at the start of the hearings that they hoped the jury's recommendations would help prevent further tragedies.

In a statement, Sahar Bahadi's lawyer, Sammy's mother, Asha James, said Thursday evening that the young man's death had had a huge impact on his mother, sister and father.

The jury finally suggests that police forces in the province consider adopting an approach regarding apologies, regrets and recognition of the loss of life. a loved one after a critical intervention between an agent and a citizen, taking into account the legal considerations that such an approach implies.

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