Saturday, July 27 will mark one year since 18-year old Sammy Yatim was shot and killed on board a Toronto streetcar, and we're learning that his family filed an $8-million dollar lawsuit earlier this year.
The Star claims that the Yatim family is suing the Toronto Police Services Board, Chief Bill Blair, two officers who haven't been named, and Constable James Forcillo, the officer who's facing a second degree murder charge for the teen's death.
The lawsuit alleges that the force used upon Sammy Yatim that evening, "was not justifiable at law. The force applied was excessive and unreasonable,” according to the statement.
Prominent Toronto lawyer Julian Falconer is representing the family.
The teen's relatives also claim they are suffering from psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
The lawsuit states that Yatim "was experiencing a period of emotional disturbance at the time he was shot” on board the TTC streetcar at Dundas St. West. Numerous videos of the incident were taken and Yatim was shot at nine times, and hit eight times. He was tasered by another officer afterwards.
Two Independent reviews of the Toronto Police's use of force policies were launched, after the shooting and the outcry from the public.
Constable James Forcillo is facing a charge of second degree murder and is expected to go to trial, next year. He was released on $510,000 bail in February and is back to work in an administrative role.