TORONTO - For now, Const. James Forcillo remains a member of the Toronto Police Service.
Chief Mark Saunders confirmed that Forcillo, who has been on
administrative duty since the 2013 shooting death of Sammy Yatim, will
be suspended with pay following the jury’s finding of guilt on an
attempted murder charge Monday.
The service will review the officer’s status after a conviction is formally entered in court, he said.
Asked if Forcillo’s days of being an officer were over, Saunders couldn’t say.
“Let’s wait until the very end and then we can have that discussion,”
he said. “This is far too premature in time to have that now.”
Saunders would not comment on the jury’s findings, but said he had
not spoken with Forcillo. He offered his condolences to Yatim’s family.
“There were condolences offered before and I will offer those condolences again,” he told reporters.
Saunders also stressed that he supports the use-of-force training
officers currently receive, but acknowledged the service is always
trying to make improvements.
“I think that our training is very good,” he added. “We’ve got a good program. Can we make it better? Absolutely.”
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