We’re having what I think is a simulated trial into a police shooting from a couple of years back. This well known police reporter is doing her best to pretend she’s not in on it – by reporting bizarre simulation events in this simulated trial. It’s a confusing use of language to obscure the fact that the whole event IS a simulation, including the vicsim. The police officer is an actor (even if he really was a cop at any point).
Deception is complicated, and for most people, not worth the contemplation time.
The Death of Sammy Yatim: A Reenactment.The role of Yatim will be played today by Const. James Forcillo.You read that correctly. The officer charged with second-degree murder in the teenager’s shooting death aboard a Toronto streetcar in 2013 — a fusillade of nine bullets discharged, eight of them striking the knife-wielding 18-year-old — both impersonated the victim (suspect) and provided narration for the lethal encounter from his own perspective as triggerman.
In more than three decades of covering courts, I’ve never seen such a thing.
On the simulation, Forcillo states: “I’ve just given him a warning not to come any further forward. I’m watching him take these deep breaths, and I’m watching his face get angry, his jaw clenched and his eyes go wide… This was when he made the decision to actually go forward. I yelled to him: ‘Don’t move!’ It’s my last-ditch desperation attempt.”