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Cop faces misconduct charge for Tasering Sammy Yatim

By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

Sammy Yatim holds a knife while on a streetcar in Toronto on July 27, 2013 in this still taken from court handout surveillance video.

Sammy Yatim holds a knife while on a streetcar in Toronto on July 27, 2013 in this still taken from court handout surveillance video.

The police officer who Tasered Sammy Yatim as he was dying on a TTC streetcar after being shot repeatedly now faces a misconduct charge under the Police Services Act.

Yatim, 18, a troubled teen who had a knife on a streetcar more than three years ago,, was shot eight times by Const. James Forcillo.

Forcillo was convicted of attempted murder last summer.

Now, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director has ordered police to charge Sgt. Dusan Dan Pravica with misconduct for Tasering Yatim after he was fatally shot.

Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack confirmed Saturday that Pravica is facing the charge, but he says the officer will plead not guilty.

“It’s been quite some time since the incident, so I don’t want to talk about the substance,” McCormack said. “We will have to wait and see where it goes and see what the police services board does.”

The Toronto Police Services Board will have to give approval for the misconduct charges to proceed because of the length of time that has passed since the incident.

The misconduct charge comes after Yatim’s family made a complaint regarding Pravica to the OIPRD.

The Yatims’ lawyer couldn’t be reached for comment.

Forcillo — who was acquitted of second-degree murder — is appealing his attempted murder conviction and is currently out on bail.

Video of Yatim’s shooting, captured by cell phones, sparked public outrage and lead to a review of the use of force by police.

kconnor@postmedia.com