On July 27, 2013, a young teenager in a streetcar was shot at 9 times by a Toronto police officer, for holding a small knife. After that, he was tasered by another officer. Obviously this teenager had mental problems but he did not deserve to be shot at 9 times, or even shot at all. It was a plea for help, answered by an execution. He was a just a human being in need, not a vicious animal, and he didn’t deserve to be treated like one. He did threaten people on the streetcar and ordered everyone off. goodness knows for what reason, but he didn’t hurt anyone at all, and honestly I don’t think he intended to. Sammy Yatim used to work at McDonald’s, the same one that one of my exes works at as a manager. My ex describes Sammy as a very positive guy who was a great help with brower(stock up) shifts. He had a future planned, he told a friend he was going to focus on education.
The news of the shooting was absolutely disgusting to me, I have a little 11-yr old brother who has severe autism and sometimes has violent fits. I can imagine my little brother being shot just because he is not normal and needs help. That would be revolting. People with mental illnesses do not deserve to be executed, they deserve help and care. Ideally, programs/services that help people with mental problems and in crises. Sadly, with Canada being a capitalist society, there is little possibility of this ever happening and oppressed members of society will continue to be brutalized because police do not know how to deal with these types of situations.
I find it appalling that the constable James Forcillo who was charged with second-degree murder of Sammy Yatim was released with $500 000 bail. Not one day in prison and he gets out free. However, I should be somewhat grateful that this police officer was even criminally charged. As of 2012, out of 3400 SIU investigations, only 95 were criminally charged, only 16 out of the 96 were convicted, and 3 out of 16 serving jail time. The price of bail is irrelevant, it is injustice for Sammy Yatim.