This VLog examines the Forcillo trial, where a Toronto police officer is charged with murder after shooting the victim on a Toronto street car. I examine the nature of the offence, and how it is driven by the definition of murder – even though this case differs a great deal from the “ordinary” murder case. In particular, I consider whether there should be a partial defence for legitimate but unreasonable uses of force.
The VLog was created as closing arguments were being made in the case, but I decided to hold back publication until the jury began to deliberate. I apologize for any errors in characterization that conflict with the addresses that actually occurred. I do not think these were significant, and hope the VBlog still has some value for you, even after a verdict comes in!