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Sammy Yatim and his sister Sarah.

Sammy Yatim and his sister Sarah.

Yatim Family statement in response to officer’s second-degree murder charge Add to ...

The Yatim Family is relieved that the SIU is recommending that charges of second degree murder be laid against Constable James Forcillo. We have been waiting patiently and cooperating with the police investigation and want to hold accountable all those responsible for Sammy’s death.

Our family hopes that the SIU investigation will continue looking into the actions of the supervising police officer(s) and the other officers in attendance for their lack of intervention in this tragedy. Over 20 uniformed police officers were present and no one stepped forward to stop the gun shots or offer any mediation. Moving forward we expect complete transparency and accountability.

We want to work now to ensure that Sammy’s blood wasn’t wasted and to prevent any other families from enduring such a tragedy. We would like to thank the public again for their continued support throughout this trying time for us.

Our family has retained the Law Firm Lawrence Lawrence Stevenson (Lead Council will be Ed Upenieks). A press conference will be arranged and details of those arrangement to follow to the media. All Statements from the family will be made at that time.

In Peace,

The Yatim Family.

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