Yatim Inquest Closing Submissions, Jury Begins Deliberations

On January 30, 2024, on the 11th day of the Inquest into the Death of Sammy Yatim, the jury heard closing submissions from the parties before beginning their deliberations.

The jury was provided with a joint list of more than 50 recommendations for their consideration. Amongst the list of proposed recommendations were those related to additional training enhancements such as de-escalation and peer intervention training, and well as updates and adjustments to existing systems designed to oversee and monitor police officers.

Falconers LLP Partner, Asha James, who is counsel for Sammy’s mother Dr. Sahar Bahadi emphasized that “in order to save the next Sammy, we must be proactive not reactive” and that the families of individuals who are killed or seriously injured by a police officer need to have the proper access to financial and mental health supports.

Media Coverage:
Paola Loriggio, CBC News (Jan. 30, 2024) – “Officer training, mental health support among proposed recommendations in Yatim Inquest”

CBC News (Jan. 30, 2024) – “Closing Submissions begin in coroner’s inquest into the death of Sammy Yatim”

CP24 (Jan. 30, 2024) – “Peer intervention, family support among proposed recommendations in Yatim Inquest”

Emily Fagan, The Toronto Star (Jan. 30, 2024) – “Yatim was under control – ‘then, the police arrived.’ Toronto inquest closes with jury set to consider ways to intervene with risky cops”

Michael Ranger, City News Toronto (Jan. 18, 2024) – “Sammy Yatim’s mother says inquest into fatal shooting is opening old wounds”

Previous Postings:
https://falconers.ca/inquest-into-the-death-of-sammy-yatim-to-begin-monday/ – November 11, 2022
https://falconers.ca/toronto-constable-forcillo-who-shot-sammy-yatim-wants-supreme-court-of-canada-to-hear-case/ – July 10, 2018
https://falconers.ca/james-forcillo-cop-who-killed-sammy-yatim-admits-perjury-gets-6-more-months-in-jail/ – June 1, 2018
https://falconers.ca/forcillo-sentencing/ – July 29, 2016


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