New charges for Const. James Forcillo, convicted in Sammy Yatim shooting

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TORONTO — A Toronto police officer found guilty of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar has been charged with perjury and attempting to obstruct justice.

Toronto police say their professional standards unit began investigating Const. James Forcillo after the province’s police watchdog laid a charge in mid-November alleging he breached conditions of his bail.

Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison last year for his role in the shooting of Sammy Yatim, an incident that set off a wave of public outrage after video of what happened went viral.

He had been out on bail on house arrest while he appealed his conviction, but had his bail revoked after police said he failed to live with his surety or notify officials of a change of address.

Police say Forcillo remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court to face the new charges on Dec. 29.

The Canadian Press