Monday, January 25, 2016

Toronto Cop James Forcillo Suspended With Pay After Guilty Verdict

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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