“What the judge needs to recognize is that in order to maintain our confidence in the police, is that when they run afoul of the law, when they break the law and when they commit serious crimes, they are going to be treated harshly just like anybody else would,” said criminal defence lawyer Daniel Brown in an interview with CBC’s Metro Morning.
“Regardless of whether you’re a police officer or an average citizen, when you commit that kind of significant crime, it deserves a significant punishment,” said Brown, who’s not directly involved in the Forcillo case, but was asked to comment on it.
Forcillo’s defence team is asking the court for a sentence of house arrest. The Crown is seeking eight to 10 years in prison.
Regardless of the sentence, Brown says he expects to see Forcillo walking away from the courthouse later today, as his defence team plans to file an appeal and request bail.
“Even though James Forcillo is going to be sentenced today, you can expect him to probably be back on the streets later tonight,” Brown said.
Forcillo fired two separate volleys — three shots and then six shots — at Yatim, who had consumed ecstasy before boarding the streetcar.
CBC’s Michelle Cheung is covering the sentencing hearing. Follow this blog for her up-to-the minute updates.