Toronto constable who shot teen arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions


TORONTO — A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on a streetcar has been arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

Ontario’s police watchdog says Const. James Forcillo is accused of breaching the conditions related to his house arrest, but gave no other details about the case.

Toronto police, who made the arrest, say they will issue a statement on the arrest later Wednesday.

Forcillo had his bail conditions extended in late September, a day before he was set to appeal his conviction in the 2013 death of Sammy Yatim.

The officer was sentenced to six years behind bars, a year more than the mandatory minimum, for shooting 18-year-old Yatim multiple times.

He has asked the appeal court to substitute a not-guilty verdict or order a new trial in his case.

He is also seeking a declaration that the mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder is unconstitutional, and wants to be granted a suspended sentence. Barring that, he wants his sentence reduced to the minimum five years.

Yatim’s killing set off a wave of public outrage and protests.


The Canadian Press