Jul 29, 2013
By Andy Johnson
What’s being billed on Facebook as an “emergency vigil” is being held this evening at Dundas and Bellwoods, the scene of a police shooting early Saturday morning. 18 year old Sammy Yatim was shot and killed in an interaction with Toronto police aboard a TTC street car.
Witnesses say Yatim brandished a 3 inch knife and ordered everyone off the car. In a witness video, Yatim can be seen standing near the front of the empty streetcar as police shout at him to drop his weapon and not to move. When Yatim appears to move, officers fire three shots. After several seconds, officers fire six additional shots.
Organizers say they will demand justice for Sammy and an end to police violence.
The Special Investigations Unit is probing the shooting.