The Canadian justice system and the media propagandizing for the rule of law, as the rule of justice and reason over the brutality and murderess committed day to day by some members of the Metro Toronto police force appear to be useless and laughable. After the perpetrator of human rights violations, a convicted killer, dangerous and violent criminal as is the officer James Forcillo, he was able to get out of jail the following day, because the Canadian Judiciary System is totally corrupt. Mass crimes, torture and other abuses are perpetrated by the police in the city of Toronto under the direction of the regimes of turn and the law lords who always assured police impunity. The tragic case of Sammy Yatim has not yet closure; the Yatim family will have to return again to the same courtrooms circus, to find that the convicted criminal of James Forcillo it will be exonerated of any wrongdoing or the house arrest reflects his punishment.
Just one night in jail for Forcillo
Was it naive to think that Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo may actually be denied bail while he appeals his conviction and six-year sentence for attempted murder? Was it naive to assume that he would have to begin serving his term behind bars for those unjustifiable six bullets that he aimed at an already prone and dying Sammy Yatim?
Obviously it was.
Was Forcillo a flight risk? Of course not. Was there any reason to fear that he might commit another crime and endanger others while he awaited his appeal? Not at all. So two of the three grounds that a bail hearing must take into account were satisfied.
But the third factor that must be considered is public confidence in the administration of justice - i.e. will people be shocked and angry to learn that Forcillo was given bail? Justice Eileen Gillese of the Ontario Court of Appeal doesn’t think so.
After hearing his lawyer’s proposed grounds for appeal Thursday, the judge was satisfied Forcillo, 33, has a fighting chance of overturning the verdict and that, she said, shifts the balance towards ordering his release. Her condition was that the lawyers expedite the appeal so that it can be heard as soon as possible.
Despite his conviction for such a serious crime, Gillese ruled, “fully informed members of the community will objectively understand and accept that it is not contrary to the public interest that he be released.”
I respectfully disagree.
What an insult this is to Yatim’s grieving family. What kind of message does it send, just hours after a Superior Court judge ordered Forcillo jailed for six years because firing a second volley of shots at the 18-year-old as he lay on the streetcar floor was “unreasonable, unnecessary and excessive” and an “egregious breach of trust”?
Yatim was high on drugs, acting bizarrely, wielding a switchblade, and when he was confronted by a trained police officer, he should have expected that Forcillo would do everything he’d been taught to ensure they were both going to get out of the encounter alive.
He did not. Lucky for Forcillo, a jury of his peers acquitted him of second-degree murder for the first three fatal shots. But they could not justify his pause of 5.5 seconds to reassess the situation and then his indefensible decision to fire six more times.
Yatim’s family had waited so long for word that Forcillo would go to prison. “It’s been three years and I haven’t seen justice in this land of freedom,” complained sister Sarah Ann Yatim on her Facebook page. “You were murdered in a cold blooded way and yet they’re taking their time to justify what he did. I’m so sick of this system...”
When Justice Edward Then delivered his sentence Thursday morning and Forcillo was taken into custody, she returned to social media and declared “6 years!”
How betrayed she must feel now.
Clearly, the judge wholeheartedly agreed with the jury’s verdict, condemning Forcillo’s grave abuse of authority and saying it required a lengthy penitentiary term.
So how is it that he is already home? How are the cynical to ever believe that the police are treated just like you and me?
It all comes down to the “unique” charges and almost contradictory verdicts that left so many confused. In a clever tactic unseen before, the Crown contended there were two separate shootings and charged Forcillo accordingly: losing the second-degree murder for the first three shots but winning a conviction when it came to the second volley. On appeal, Forcillo’s lawyer Michael Lacy said he will argue the officer should never have faced two separate charges on what was really just one deadly incident.
Gillese found “merit” in his argument. “There is strength to the Appellant’s grounds of appeal related to whether the indictment improperly charged a single transaction as two counts and whether the verdicts are inconsistent.”
And so she set Forcillo free on bail. To be fair, the father of two has strict conditions that allow him to leave his home only once a week in company of a surety.
But it is far better than the prison cell he had to experience for just one night.