The Toronto police officer who was convicted in the shooting death of a troubled 18-year-old man on an empty streetcar has been granted bail while he appeals the verdict.
Cst. James Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison in the case on Thursday. He was convicted of attempted murder in Sammy Yatim’s July 27th, 2013 death. The killing sparked public outrage in the city after a cellphone video of the incident went viral.
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Justice Edward Then said Forcillo abused his authority in a way that undermines public trust in law enforcement and the justice system.
Then said his sentence must serve as notice to other police officers that they should open fire “only as a last resort.”
On Friday, appeal judge, Justice Eileen Gillese, ruled Forcillo poses no risk to the public of reoffending.
After the sentencing on Thursday, the Toronto Police Service suspended Forcillo without pay, according to spokesman Mark Pugash.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement Forcillo still faces a disciplinary matter in the Toronto Police Service Tribunal, but declined to comment on the criminal case.