Forcillo: violator or victim of his environment?
Daniel A. Betts
FEATURES -- The query his Hon. Judge Ed will ponder Thur. July. 28 when, ex-officer James Forcillo is scheduled to be sentenced for his conviction of attempted murder which he was charged with in response to the death of mentally ill 18-year-old Sammy Yatim on July. 27, 2013.
0The courts will hear is that Forcillo was well-raised, and that he never encountered notable conflict during his school years. A straight-A student, reportedly, the courts will hear of his lifelong desire to become a police officer, how he traveled to attend college in California where he graduated from a justice program. How Forcillo has been a happily married man since his wedding in 2007, a wedding his mother did not live long enough to attend. Finally the courts will hear how according to legal sources Forcillo had been given numerous commendations, including one for an arrest at gunpoint of two knife-wielding perpetrators.
All videos of Yatim's murder show Forcillo firing on Yatim with clear intent to end his life. What the courts must debate is how and by whom Forcillo was led astray from the path he was on prior to becoming a Toronto Police Constable. In part one of this "Injustices By Judiciaries" series, some light is shed on the type of protection Forcillo experienced dated October 2011 which fostered his feelings of righteousness in acts leading to Forcillo ending the life of Yatim.
Daniel A. Betts is a photographer and reporter for the Torch Online in Toronto, as well as a freelance photographer. You can see his personal work here: http://www.dbiphotography.com