Outrage Mounts in Toronto After Police Kill Teen Armed With Knife

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 30 2013 3:14 PM

Video of Police's Streetcar Shooting Sparks Protests in Toronto

Outrage is mounting in Canada’s largest city over the death of Sammy Yatim, an 18-year-old Syrian immigrant who was shot repeatedly by police after taking out a knife in an empty streetcar. Hundreds took to Toronto’s streets last night, demanding answers from the city’s police department after a video capturing the entire incident surfaced online. We're embedding the video below, but the Associated Press offers a summary for those who might not want to watch it:

The video shows 18-year-old Sammy Yatim holding a knife inside the streetcar early Saturday, with police outside. Yatim goads police while officers yell, "Drop your knife!" Shortly after, three shots are fired. After a pause, six more shots are fired. A Taser is later used on Yatim.

Reports have surfaced that Yatim had a troubled history and ordered passengers out of the streetcar before police arrived. But former Toronto policeman Mark Mendelson confirmed what seems to be the prevailing wisdom on the incident: "If you look at it on its face value at this point, it's not hard to come to the conclusion that excessive force was used.” The unnamed officer who fired the shots was suspended today with pay, and Toronto officials state that an investigation is underway. The National Post has a more complete rundown of the shooting and reaction.

Here's the video, which while not necessarily graphic is clearly difficult to watch:


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Americans' Inexplicable Aversion to the 1990s
  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Brow Beat
Sept. 21 2014 2:00 PM Colin Farrell Will Star in True Detective’s Second Season
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.