Charge dropped against cop who tasered dying Sammy Yatim

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Charge dropped against cop who tasered dying Sammy Yatim
Sam Pazzano Courts Bureau
July 23, 2019
July 23, 2019 7:48 PM EDT
Sammy Yatim
A misconduct charge against a Toronto Police sergeant who tasered the dying Sammy Yatim was withdrawn by a police disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday.
Sgt. Dusan Dan Pravica tasered the knife-wielding Yatim, 18, moments after he had been shot eight times by Const. James Forcillo on a streetcar on July 27, 2013 — six years ago on Saturday.
Forcillo was acquitted of second-degree murder but was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of Yatim, and was sentenced to six years in 2016.
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Forcillo initially fired three shots that mortally wounded Yatim and fired additional rounds into his body as he lay paralyzed on the streetcar floor.
Pravica then entered the streetcar and fired his Taser twice at Yatim.
The appeal court ruled that Forcillo used “unnecessary and excessive” force by firing a second volley of shots at Yatim.
Insp. Shane Branton said the matter had been resolved “by alternative means that were amenable to both parties.”
Pravica didn’t attend the hearing.
His lawyer, Joanne Mulcahy, said he and Yatim had participated in mediation.
Pravica “acted in good faith and followed police training,” said Mulcahy.
Joseph Figliomeni, lawyer for Sammy Yatim’s father, said his client was “satisfied” by the outcome of that mediation, which was done though the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD.)
“(The mediation) gave Mr. Yatim the opportunity to share his views with Sgt. Pravica in a dignified and respectful setting,” said Figliomeni.
The resolution of the complaint “marked a milestone for the Yatim family and their continuing efforts to refocus the police community’s attention on revising their procedures with a view to minimizing the excessive use of force,” Figliomeni told the tribunal.
Forcillo is now serving his prison sentence and has exhausted all appeals.
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