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.