Toronto cops kill knife-wielding teen

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Canadians demanded answers Monday in the wake of a fatal police shooting of a knife-wielding teenager in Toronto that has sparked an uproar.

Sammy Yatim, 18, was alone on a stopped, downtown streetcar at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, knife in hand, when police asked him multiple times to drop his weapon, according to witnesses and an amateur video posted on YouTube. Nine shots were eventually fired, instantly killing the young man of Syrian origin.

Journalists and the public quickly questioned the decision to open fire, calling the police response disproportionate.