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The use of force against citizens in distress on public roads is at the center of the coroner's inquest 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 found guilty of attempted murder following his criminal trial in 2016 in Toronto.

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A twist at the coroner's inquest into the death of Sammy Yatim: the hearings were abruptly adjourned on Monday as cross-examination of the coroner began former officer James Forcillo, who fatally shot the teenager on a city streetcar in 2013. Objection to a question from the Yatim family did not please the judge ;attorney for Mr. Forcillo.

Sammy Yatim was killed by former police officer James Forcillo when he exposed his genitals and brandished a retractable knife on a metropolitan streetcar in 2013. The case sparked outrage in Toronto.

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

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Former 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, stepped onto slippery ground from the start of the cross-examination Monday.

He asked James Forcillo why he was investigated at the Ontario Police Academy in 2009. It was good for a case harassment? he asks.

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Mr. Forcillo's lawyer, Peter Brauti, immediately objected to the question that' he called it impertinent and inappropriate.

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

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James Forcillo's lawyer, Peter Brauti, represents 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 at the beginning of the following – noon the lawyers 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 are taking 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 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 applied to the Toronto Police Service then because it is the largest police force. police in the province.

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

He told the prosecution's lawyer, Grace Alcaide-Janicas, that he does not recall a complaint being filed against him after an intervention with 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? Mr. Alcaide-Janicas asked him without specifying what exactly had happened.

I wouldn't say that, I was a workaholic and I worked for police station 14, the largest in the department, he replied.

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

James Forcillo also does not remember being the subject of several investigations for drawing his firearm five times without 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 remembers, however, having filled out a report of investigates as required by 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 hearing before the Parole Board and I don’t know what more to add, he said dryly.

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

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.< /p>

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

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

However, he recalled, these weapons were only reserved at the time for supervisors and that supervisors were few many. 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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