The circus continues its course in the courtrooms of the impunity, with a “Roll of honor” of 13 jurors carefully chosen by a corrupt judicial system, a squad of witnesses highly selected as of habitual for theses criminal cases. As also could not be absent the mainstream media manipulating the public opinion, but the family of the young Sammy Yatim is grieving inside of the courtroom the loss of their loved one and desperately claiming justice for his son.
From the Toronto Star: Sammy Yatim murder trial hears witness tell of terror, chaos on streetcar
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Toronto police Const. James Forcillo, on trial for second degree murder, has pleaded not guilty to killing Sammy Yatim, whom he shot dead in a hail of gunfire.
Warning: Graphic content. A video providing a glimpse inside the fated streetcar the night Sammy Yatim was killed. This view shows the back half of the streetcar.
The final witness in the murder trial of Toronto police Const. James Forcillo was forced to interrupt her testimony as she sobbed uncontrollably while the court heard audio of her 911 call on the night Sammy Yatim died.
Bridgette McGregor, 27, spoke through tears with a quavering voice as she described the terror and chaos on the Dundas St. streetcar in July 2013.
She had gone to a Justin Bieber concert that night with her niece and two sisters, and the group was sitting at the back of the streetcar next to Yatim when he pulled out a knife and exposed his penis, McGregor said.
“I need you to know that Yatim was dangerous,” she told the jury after she broke down crying on the stand.
Forcillo is on trial for second degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.
The court has heard that the 18-year-old pulled a knife on a crowded streetcar, causing the passengers to flee.
He was then shot and killed by Forcillo as he stood alone at the front of the empty streetcar.
On Tuesday, McGregor and her older sister Christy were the last witnesses called by defence lawyer Peter Brauti.
Speaking through tears, the sisters described how they attended a concert at the Air Canada Centre, walked by the CN Tower taking pictures, then took the Spadina streetcar north to board the westbound streetcar on Dundas St. W.
The three women and 12-year-old girl sat at the back of the streetcar, next to Yatim, who stuck out his leg as they sat talking about the concert and boy bands from their youth.
“I was uncomfortable because he was shifty at first,” said Christy McGregor. “Now I’m getting on guard. I’m thinking, ‘This is weird.’ ”
She said that she then noticed her daughter’s eyes get wide.
“The next thing I see is a flash of silver and I realize, ‘Oh my God it’s a knife,’ ” she told the court.
Yatim then reached out with the knife and held it near her sister Bridgette’s neck, Christy McGregor said.
“I was sure he got her, it came so close,” she said. “Screaming starts. All hell breaks loose at this point.”
Bridgette McGregor said she doesn’t recall the knife near her neck, but that she agrees that it happened, because she has seen video of the incident from inside the streetcar.
“I didn’t notice the knife at first. I only noticed he had his penis out,” she said while crying on the stand. “He was pulling on it. Masturbating . . . .The next thing, I remember is he’s standing in front of me.”
She said Yatim told her she’s “not going anywhere,” and that she held up her purse with her hand behind it to block the knife as Yatim pressed it toward her.
She managed to “scurry” around him and run toward the front of the streetcar, she said.
“I yell, ‘Open the doors, why won’t you open the doors? He has a knife!’ ”
When the doors opened, the group ran west for about a block because they feared Yatim could be chasing them, she said. They stopped when someone suggested calling 911.
Audio of the call was played in court, but cut short as Bridgette McGregor began to shudder and weep at the sound of her screaming voice in the recording.
Moments later under cross-examination from Crown lawyer Ian Bulmer, McGregor said the recording captured the moment that shots rang out on Dundas St., and that, at the time, she feared that Yatim was firing a gun.
“You’re glad he was shot by police that night,” Bulmer suggested.
Bridgette McGregor responded: “No.”
Bridgette and Christy McGregor said they didn’t tell their story to police or have any interactions with law enforcement until after Yatim was shot.
The trial resumes Jan. 5 when the Crown and defence begin their closing arguments.