TORONTO — The family of Sammy Yatim has launched an $8-million lawsuit against police for allegedly using "excessive and unreasonable force" against the 18-year-old who was shot to death on a streetcar last summer.
Minutes before the shooting, Yatim brandished a small knife and witnesses said he exposed himself to terrified riders.
Police shot Yatim eight times and Tasered him as he lay on the floor.
Yatim’s mother and sister filed the lawsuit in February. It names Chief Bill Blair, the Toronto Police Services Board, two unidentified officers and Const. James Forcillo as defendants.
The lawsuit calls police conduct “high-handed, shocking and contemptuous,” and alleges “malice, negligence and incompetence.”