Ontario ombudsman to review police shooting of young Toronto man

TORONTO – Ontario’s ombudsman says his office will be reviewing the case of a young man who died after being shot by police in Toronto.

Andre Marin has said in a Tweet that Sammy Yatim’s death will be discussed Tuesday.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the incident that took place early Saturday morning.

The SIU says officers were investigating a man on a city streetcar when there was some sort of altercation between the man and police.

The SIU says the man was subsequently taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and died. Few other details have been released but friends have identified the man as 18-year-old Yatim.

The incident, which appears to have been captured on video by witnesses, has sparked outrage on Twitter at what some call unnecessary police force.

Later today, Toronto police chief Bill Blair is to make a statement on the incident on the streetcar on Dundas Street west of Bathurst.

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