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Toronto police officer charged in Yatim's death ordered to stand trial

Toronto police officer James Forcillo has been ordered to stand trial in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim.

Const. Forcillo was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Yatim, 18, on a TTC streetcar last July.

It was determined in the two-day preliminary hearing that ended on Tuesday that there is enough evidence for a trial. Forcillo is scheduled to appear in court on July 30 to set a trial date. The trial will likely occur in 2015.

The Yatim family issued a statement on Tuesday, saying “we are satisfied that this matter is proceeding to the trial stage and that Officer Forcillo will be tried for the death of our Sammy.”

“We are putting our faith and trust in the judicial system.”

Yatim was shot and killed on an empty streetcar on Dundas Street West, near Bathurst Street, on July 27, 2013.

The incident, which was captured on surveillance and cellphone videos, showed police firing multiple times at Yatim who was armed with a knife but alone on the streetcar.

Nine shots can be heard on the videos following shouts for Yatim to drop the knife. The final six appear to come after Yatim had already fallen to the floor of the streetcar.

Forcillo was initially suspended with pay from his role but was brought back to an administrative role with Crime Stoppers at police headquarters earlier this year.

He is not in uniform and does not carry a gun.

The shooting death made headlines around the world and sparked fresh debate locally about police tactics.

In the wake of death, the Ontario Liberals said they would review officer training, equipment and how use of force incidents are reported.