TORONTO -- Sammy Yatim's family and friends are "shocked" that the police officer accused of killing him is back on the job after initially being suspended with pay.
And the dead teen's supporters will gather this weekend at Toronto Police headquarters -- where Const. James Forcillo quietly returned to administrative duties with Crime Stoppers three months ago -- to demand the city's top cop reverse his decision.
"This is a slap in the face to the family," close family friend Joseph Nazar said Thursday.
He was at Old City Hall court with Yatim's mother, Sahar Bahadi, on the third day of Forcillo's preliminary hearing and said she was "shocked" to learn his suspension was lifted in February.
Nazar said the family learned Forcillo was back at work through a front page story in Thursday's Toronto Sun.
QMI Agency has learned suspended cops often return to duty in a reduced capacity after a risk assessment is conducted, even though they have criminal charges pending.