January 8, 2016 12:27 pm
Updated: January 8, 2016 7:42 pm

Forcillo trial: Crown tells jurors officers who testified biased in favour of accused

WATCH ABOVE: Crown prosecutors have finished their closing arguments in the trial of James Forcillo, the Toronto police officer on trial for the fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim. It could still be more than a week until jury begins deliberations. Mark Carcasole reports.


The Crown is expected to wrap up its closing submissions today at the trial of a Toronto police officer who killed an 18-year-old man aboard an empty streetcar.

Constable James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Sammy Yatim — an incident that triggered outrage across the city two and a half years ago.

Crown prosecutor Milan Rupic told jurors this morning that other officers who testified are biased in favour of Forcillo and were “trying to pull the wool over your eyes.”

Rupic told jurors yesterday that Forcillo acted like a hothead and a bully during his confrontation with Yatim but the defence has argued the Crown is trying to “criminalize a judgement call” made by a first responder.

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