A Toronto police officer has been found guilty of one charge, but not guilty on another following a high profile shooting in the summer of 2013.
Cst. James Forcillo was found guilty by a jury on the charge of attempted murder, but not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim in July 2013.
The second degree murder charge carries a more significant prison sentence.
The 32-year-old Forcillo had pleaded not guilty to all charges in the shooting that was captured on cellphone videos and went viral online, sparking public outrage.
Crown prosecutors had argued Forcillo’s actions weren’t necessary or reasonable, while his lawyer called those actions justified and carried out in self-defence.
The trial heard that Yatim had consumed ecstasy at some point before boarding a streetcar where he exposed himself and pulled out a small knife, which led to people rushing off of the streetcar.
Forcillo testified Yatim seemed completely unafraid and refused his commands to drop the knife. The officer told the court he believed the teen was about to come off the streetcar to attack him, which was why he fired his gun.