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Cop charged in Yatim’s death didn’t get special treatment: Blair

Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm EDT

Toronto police chief Bill Blair talks to reporters at a youth event on Aug. 23, 2013. CITYNEWS

Toronto police chief Bill Blair says the officer charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim didn’t get special treatment.

He was referring to the speedy bail hearing that Const. James Forcillo, 30, got on Tuesday only hours after he was formally charged with second-degree murder.

“There was a very, very involved negotiation between the Crown attorney, who is prosecuting this case, and the defence lawyer. The police are not involved in that,” Blair told reporters at a youth event downtown on Friday morning.

“The result was the result. I saw nothing in that process that I would have characterized as special treatment.”

Forcillo is out on $510,000 bail.

Yatim was killed on a TTC streetcar on July 27 during a dispute with police.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is probing the case.