Former top court judge to release report on use of lethal force by Toronto police

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TORONTO - A former Supreme Court of Canada justice is to release a report today from his investigation into the use of lethal force by Toronto police.

The probe by Frank Iacobucci was sparked by the killing of a teenager on an empty streetcar last summer.

The report comes amid a lawsuit by the family of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim against the officer who shot him and another who tasered him as he lay dying.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair asked the former justice last August to take a broad look at how officers interact with people in crisis and to come up with recommendations.

The report will, among other things, analyze ways of reducing the use of lethal force by police — especially when it comes to responding to calls involving people with emotional or mental difficulties that may require urgent care.

It is to make 84 recommendations covering a wide area ranging from training and policies to equipment, supervision and oversight.

Organizations: Supreme Court of Canada

Geographic location: Toronto

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