Budget for police review after Yatim's death nearly doubles

TPSB approved extra funding to ensure a complete review into police use of lethal force

More taxpayer dollars will go towards the review into why 18-year-old Sammy Yatim died.  A lot more.

The Globe and Mail reports Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair got the green light to pay nearly double the original estimate for the review into the police's use of lethal force.  It's the difference between about $560,000 and approximately $985,000.

The funding will only be available if the additional costs are “reasonable”.  The Toronto Police Services Board’s own lawyer will decide what's "reasonable" and what isn't.

Wielding a knife, Yatim was shot nine times by Constable James Forcillo on a streetcar last summer.  Constable Forcillo is facing second-degree murder charges.

The board approved the inflated budget on Thursday, supporting the move because it wants a complete report from retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci.

The extra money will come from the force's legal reserve.

Chief Blair said the review is costing so much more because the work became more complex and comprehensive.

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  1. franklin posted on 05/16/2014 08:56 AM
    Why pay the police an enormous sum to review themselves to justify their past actions. We need an independent review.
  2. Alex posted on 05/16/2014 09:11 AM
    This was the most shocking example of excessive force (really murder), that would have made the show 'Cops' look like criminals.
  3. Lisa posted on 05/16/2014 02:00 PM
    Well, when you factor in the cost of trying officers who were doing their duty to protect the public, all because a hysterical mother never took the time to teach her son not to wave a weapon around in public, the wasted dollars really add up.

    Sammy had it coming.
  4. fran posted on 05/16/2014 02:45 PM
    Lisa U forgot to take your METHS
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