• Petitioned John Gerretsen

This petition was delivered to:

Attorney General of Ontario
John Gerretsen
Director, Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
Ian Scott

Justice for Sammy Yatim: Charge the Police Officer Responsible

    1. Tarek Fatah
    2. Petition by

      Tarek Fatah

      Toronto, Canada

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August 2013

Victory

I am delighted to let all of you know that our petition to the SIU to charge the police officer involved in the Sammy Yatim shooting death has met success. I just learnt that SIU director Ian Scott announced he has “reasonable grounds to believe that Const. James Forcillo committed a criminal offence." The officer will be charged with second-degree murder. Thank you all for standing up for justice and police accountability.

In the early hours of Saturday, July 27, 2013, Sammy Yatim was shot dead by a Toronto Police officer as the 18-year old man stood alone in a stationary TTC street car with a 3-inch knife in his hands. His death has caused an uproar in the community and oridnary people are asking, "Why did Sammy Yatim have to be shot dead by the Police?"

In the last 25 years, a number of people have been shot dead by the Toronto Police who claim to be acting within the law. After every such tragedy, inquiries and inquests are held that make recommendations, but it seems none of these policies and procedures have succeeded in preventing the death of men and women who need help, not harm.

In 1996, a medical student Edmund Yu was shot dead as he sat alone in the back seat of a TTC street car, armed only with a tiny hammer.

Now, Sammy Yatim has been killed by a police officer firing not one or two, but nine bullets and all within a few minutes of his first encounter with the young man who was alone inside a stationary TTC street car.

An inquiry is taking place. However, we fear this inquiry too will end up like earlier such exercises and no will be found responsible for the death of this young troubled man who had all his life ahead of him.

If the police constable who shot Sammy Yatim dead is not charged, once more we will send a message to ordinary citizens that Police forces are above the law.

For the good of communities and for better civilian-police relations, let a court decide whether any laws were broken in the death of Sammy Yatim.

This petition is not to bring disrepute to the fine men and women who serve in the Toronto Police and who we consider the world's finest police force.

Having said that we feel the SIU and the AG of Ontario should intervene in the interest of justice and also to assure the citizenery who feel they have no voice in this matter.

We acknowledge that despite the many videos, we do not know the entire story. However, based on the video and the reaction by Police Chef Bill Blair and Police Chair Alok Mukherjee, where they immediately suspended the officer in question, we feel there is enough evidence for us to conclude that something awfully wrong happenned that resulted in the death of Sammy Yatim.

In view of the above, we feel if an apporpriate charge is not filed against the police constable who caused the death, the citizenry will lose confidence in the legal system and the men and women who have been entrusted to deliver justice.

To:
John Gerretsen, Attorney General of Ontario
Ian Scott, Director, Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
Charge the Police Officer Responsible for the Shooting Death of Sammy Yatim

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. Globe & Mail Editorial: The Questions for the Police

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer
      Sammy Yatim: The questions for the police

      The investigators looking into the shooting of Sammy Yatim early last Saturday morning should focus on two things: the high number of shots fired by one officer; and whether or not the police could have retreated and allowed an agitated 18-year-old boy time to calm down and take himself out of harm's way.

    3. Playing the Race and Religion Card: Toronto Sun Column

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer
      Playing the race and religion card

      "You're a f------ p---y." Four words believed to be uttered by Sammy Yatim that possibly cost him his life.

    4. Police Officer who shot Sammy Yatim first called for a Taser: National Post

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer
      Officer accused of fatal shooting Sammy Yatim on streetcar first called for Taser: source

      The Toronto Police officer accused of shooting Sammy Yatim multiple times first called for a Taser to be brought to the scene, believing the situation "could be contained" on the empty streetcar, the National Post has learned.

    5. Meet Sammy Yatim: A Toronto Star report

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer
      Sammy Yatim: Teen torn between two cultures, friends say

      Zouher Amir Baurak watches the video again and again. His best friend, Sammy Yatim, is standing near the front of a Toronto streetcar brandishing a knife, when a police officer opens fire. His body crumples and disappears from view.

    6. Answers Needed in Sammy Yatim Shooting

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer
      Answers needed in Yatim shooting

      We take no one's "side" in the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Peter Kennedy VANCOUVER BC, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Absolute intolerable abuse of human rights, and a total abuse of the powers allotted to police officers, I could have taken this tormented man out of the bus myself, this man needed someone to talk to him, not to threaten him with guns, it is something that needs to be brought to an end in our Canadian society, no one has the right to act as God, before a police officer draws a gun his life must be under imminent threat, those who do not like these rules are free to resign.

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    • PETER PETERSON KITCHENER ON., CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      There seems to be a law for the police and a law for the people this will lead to mistrust and finaly people taking the law into their own hands.There must be ONE LAW and no one is above the law and no one beneath it, if we are to live as sivelzed people...

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    • Anas Hamed TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because they had no right to kill him like that.

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    • Ayo Olagbemi ETOBICOKE, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      It was an unjust killing. Other methods should have been used to disarm the poor boy.

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    • Ruby Anderson SURREY, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      It's very important to me. Someone alone in a bus with a knife in their hand is absolutely no threat to the armed police outside the bus. This has to stop.

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