Inquest into the Death of Sammy Yatim to begin Monday

On Monday, November 14, 2022, over nine years after the tragic death of Sammy Yatim, the inquest into his death is set to begin. The inquest is scheduled to take two weeks, from November 14 to 25th. Link to the live stream has been included here.

Sammy Yatim was an 18-year-old man from Syria who had come to Canada to pursue higher education at both the high school and university level. At the time of his death, he had been in Canada for four years and was preparing to start a program in hospital management at George Brown College. Sammy had been living with his father Nabil and his sister Sara in Toronto.

On July 27, 2013, Sammy was shot nine times by then Constable James Forcillo on a TTC streetcar. The shooting was investigated by the Special Investigations Unit (“SIU”). On January 25, 2016, Constable Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder and not guilty of second-degree murder/manslaughter. Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison on July 28, 2016.

The inquest into Sammy’s death will look specifically at mechanisms and processes to promote good decision making by police officers and best practices for police responding to a person in crisis.

Media Coverage

Solicitor General (Oct. 24, 2022) – “Inquest Date into the Death of Sammy Yatim Announced”

CBC News (Oct. 24, 2022) – “Coroner’s inquest into police shooting of Sammy Yatim set for November”

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