TORONTO, Ont. – Police Chief Bill Blair says he doesn’t believe any special arrangements were made to ensure the officer charged with the murder of Sammy Yatim was granted bail as soon as possible.
Const. James Forcillo was freed on a $500,000 bail bond within hours of surrendering to police on a second-degree murder charge.
“Police are not involved in that,” Blair told the media, Friday. “I have great confidence in our crown attorneys. They have legal responsibilities as well. They did their job and the result was the result.”
“I saw nothing in that process that I would have characterized as special treatment.”
The Chief added that he has not seen any official report suggesting that Yatim was struck by eight of the nine bullets on the early morning hours of July 27, despite both the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun quoting sources with the claim.
“I have not been privy to it or shown any report on the investigation, and I don’t know the source of that report,” he said.
He says that investigation is in the hands of the SIU and only they can make a comment on it.