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Toronto police officer found guilty of attempted murder

A Toronto police officer has been found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teen in 2013.

The killing, caught on video, sparked protests after it was posted online.

Const. James Forcillo, however, was cleared of second-degree murder Monday in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.

The video shows Yatim holding a knife inside a streetcar, with police outside. Yatim goads police while officers yell, "Drop your knife!" Shortly after, three shots are fired. After a pause, six more shots are fired.

The second-degree murder charge against the officer relates to the first three shots he fired, while the attempted murder charge pertains to the second volley.

Some lawyers who followed the case said it appeared jurors tried to reach a compromise.