Petition launched to bring ‘justice for Sammy Yatim’
Justice for Sammy Yatim
An online change.org petition by Tarek Fatah calls for Justice for Sammy Yatim. The petition is looking for 35,000 signatures to 'Charge the Police Officer Responsible'.
Following the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, an online petition has been started demanding the officer who shot the teen be charged.
The petition, dubbed “Justice for Sammy Yatim: Charge the Officer Responsible” was launched on change.org Wednesday, July 31 and response was swift, with signatures pouring in by the thousands.
The petition was started by Toronto writer Tarek Fatah and by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, it had collected more than 30,000 signatures.
Yatim was fatally shot aboard the 505 streetcar near Trinity Bellwoods Park in the early morning of July 27. He was brandishing a knife before he was shot. No one else was harmed in the incident.
“If the police constable who shot Sammy Yatim dead is not charged, once more we will send a message to ordinary citizens that police forces are above the law,” the petition reads.
Fatah adds in the petition that if charges are not laid, “the citizenry will lose confidence in the legal system and the men and women who have been entrusted to deliver justice.”
The petition initially aimed to collect 5,000 signatures, but given the rapid response, that number was later bumped up to 35,000. It will be delivered to SIU Director Ian Scott and Attorney General John Gerretsen.
The petition can be found at www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/justice-for-sammy-yatim-charge-the-police-officer-responsible