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TOWHEY: Yatim case failed everyone involved

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17.08.2019

The shooting of Sammy Yatim and the trial, conviction, sentencing and now parole of the man who killed him is a case study of almost everything that’s wrong with the justice system in Canada. In fact, this single case may well have failed everyone touched by it.

Sammy Yatim was 18 years old when he was shot dead on a Toronto streetcar July 27, 2013. Born in Syria, he moved to Canada in 2008 and had just graduated from a Catholic high school. His friends say he was struggling to find his place as an adult in a country that was still fairly new to him. He had drugs in his system the night he exposed himself to passengers on the 505 Dundas Streetcar and threatened them with a knife.

Const. James Forcillo was 12 years older than Yatim and in his sixth year with the Toronto Police Service when he shot and killed the younger man. A graduate of a Los Angeles-area justice program, with a........

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