James Forcillo sentenced to six years in prison

Forcillo was convicted of attempted murder in the 2013 death of 18-year-old Yatim, which was captured on a cellphone video that went viral and spurred outrage in Toronto.

  • BillyHW

    The psycho Syrian shouldn’t have been in the country in the first place.

  • xavier

    What’s the background about this conviction? I’ve never heard about the event so I’m totally clueless

  • Linda1000

    I hope he appeals and gets restrictions and community service. This sentence is one year for each of the six bullets he fired after the initial three. Just exactly how many bullets should be fired by cops when taking out a hostile.

    • lolwut?

      Did you watch the video?
      He was down and out after the 2nd shot but he just kept pumping rounds into him
      On top of that they tazed him several times.

      • Linda1000

        It’s hard to see in the video posted at the article link above. I agree that the extra six shots seem excessive but police officers are trained to kill once they draw and start firing their gun. All the shots were fired within about ten seconds. It was an explosive situation, with Yatim as high as a kite, and all the people milling around. Given that Yatim was still alive after all the nine shots were fired I’m thinking Forcillo had lousy aim or Yatim was moving around quite a bit on the floor of the streetcar. I can’t remember and didn’t follow the court case but were there actually nine bullets in Yatim’s body? Yatim was immediately tasered several times after being shot and that was by another cop, why? If you are going to charge one officer, then charge the other one who also used his Taser gun?
        I think Forcillo became the target of all the Toronto social justice warriors and the case became such a clusterfuck that someone had to become the scapegoat for corrupt Police Chief Blair, the police union, the SIU investigation, the liberal courts, etc.
        So now Forcillo’s career is ruined and his family life, in addition to spending the next six years in jail, if he lives that long in jail.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Forcillo is certainly guilty. But I would like to know WHY he did what he did. He’s co-owner of a gym and a bodybuilder. Was steroid abuse a factor? He is Italian-Canadian, an undeniably more “macho” culture than most Canadians come from. The kid kept calling him “pussy”. In my experience of the very criminal Italian community in Montreal, that is the LAST thing you should EVER call an Italian-Canadian male holding a gun.

    Finally, I would like to know why the Toronto Police did not simply seal the streetcar and wait the kid out. There was nobody else on the streetcar at the time.