Policeman in Canadian teen shooting charged in killing
OTTAWA, Province of Ontario (AFP) - A Canadian policeman appeared in court on Wednesday to face a second-degree murder charge in the fatal police shooting of a knife-wielding teenager on a Toronto streetcar last month.
Constable James Forcillo was taken into custody after a brief session, while his lawyer Peter Brauti said he hoped for a bail hearing later in the day.
Sammy Yatim, 18, was alone on a stopped, downtown streetcar at 12.30 am on July 27, knife in hand, when police asked him multiple times to drop his weapon, according to witnesses and an amateur video posted on YouTube.
Nine shots were eventually fired, killing the young man of Syrian origin who arrived in Canada five years ago with his family.