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Toronto police chief comments on death of Sammy Yatim

Rally planned by those who say police didn't need to shoot

Toronto’s police chief says his force will do all it can to explain how and why a young man was killed in a police shooting incident over the weekend.

Bill Blair says he understands the public has many questions about police conduct after the incident was captured on video, and he says the “tragic death” is being taken very seriously.

Blair says police will co-operate fully with the province’s Special Investigations Unit, which is examining Sammy Yatim’s death.

The SIU says officers were “investigating” Yatim while he was on a city streetcar early Saturday morning when there was some sort of altercation between the man and police.

The SIU says there was an “interaction” between Yatim and police in which the 18-year-old sustained multiple gunshot wounds. They say a Taser was also deployed.

Yatim was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries.

The incident has sparked outrage on Twitter at what some call unnecessary police force.

The SIU has assigned six investigators and two forensic investigators to analyse the incident. Witnesses are being interviewed and video footage is being scrutinized.

A post mortem was conducted on Yatim over the weekend.

A march has been organized for this evening that calls for justice for Yatim and an end to police violence.

Here is a graphic video of Yatim’s death taken by witness Markus Grupp and uploaded to YouTube.