Sergeant who Tasered dying Sammy Yatim faces misconduct charge

Nearly four years after Sammy Yatim was shot eight times on an empty streetcar, Ontario’s police watchdog has ordered that a misconduct charge be laid against the veteran Toronto police sergeant who Tasered the 18-year-old as he lay dying, the Star has learned.

Sgt. Dusan Dan Pravica — who within 33 seconds of the shooting climbed aboard the streetcar and Tasered Yatim — used “unnecessary force,” “failed to assess the totality of the circumstances,” and “acted in haste,” according to an investigation by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), completed earlier this month.