A memorial for Sammy Yatim.
|LOCATION:||Dundas and Bellwoods Avenue|
|PHOTO BY:||Sebastian Vici|
|FIELD NOTES:||We’ve grown accustomed to stories of excessive police violence from the U.S., but it’s not something we expect here in Toronto. We like to think of ourselves as a more tolerant culture that is less likely to resort to deadly violence. Unfortunately, that was not the case in the death of Sammy Yatim. For those who don’t remember the story, on July 27, 2013, 18-year-old Sammy Yatim was shot eight times and tased by police after a 50-second standoff on a streetcar. Whether the police were doing their job or if this was blatant use of unnecessary and excessive force is a debate that will soon come to an end, at least from a legal standpoint. Earlier this week, the trial began for James Forcillo, the constable responsible for shooting Yatim eight times. Forcillo pleaded not guilty. Regardless of the trial outcome we can all agree this is an example of a young life ended far too soon.|