Police video of eyewitness in death of Darcy Allan Sheppard

April 23, 2015

NOW Magazine has published new police video of Witness 9.12 in Michael Bryant’s killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard. The video is a police interview that took place a few hours after Bryant killed Sheppard.

Filmmaker Wayne Scott wrote an exclusive article for NOW regarding the release of this and other evidence in his upcoming documentary on the case.

From NOW:

“Much of what you will see and hear in Witness 9.12, the nine-minute video accompanying this story, is being viewed publicly for the first time.

Almost all of the material is from Toronto Police Service files relating to the 2009 investigation that led to criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death charges against former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant in the motor vehicle-related death of cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard.

Virtually all of this information was buried from public view for five years after all charges against Bryant were withdrawn by Richard Peck, the specially-appointed, independent prosecutor from B.C. assigned to oversee the case.”

Darcy Allan Sheppard – Witness 9.12 from NOW Magazine on Vimeo.


“Michael Bryant Killed my Son”

April 23, 2015

Allan Sheppard appeared on Jesse Brown’s CANADALAND to talk about newly revealed evidence to the public in the case against Michael Bryant.

Listen to the podcast on CANADALAND and read the transcript of the new audio

“CANADALAND has obtained two eyewitness accounts of the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard. Neither has been publicly released before.  They tell a very different tale of the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard than what the media has previously reported. They are followed by an interview with Sheppard’s father, Allan Sheppard”

Episode Rundown

[00:00:20] “On August 31st, 2009 Darcy Allan Sheppard was killed on Bloor Street West. Michael Bryant the former attorney general of Ontario was charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death. In the immediate aftermath much was made of Bryant’s reputation for pugnacious, aggressive behaviour the term road rage came up many times. The press paid close attention to the fact that Bryant almost instantly hired Navigator as his crisis PR team and Marie Henein as his criminal defense lawyer. But then as the days progressed the media’s focus shifted, it shifted away from Bryant’s reputation and onto Darcy Allan Sheppard’s. Sheppard we were told was a squeegee punk, bike messenger, a drunk also, aggressive and confrontational. Less than a year later all charges against Michael Bryant was dropped. The crown prosecutor proclaimed that Sheppard had been the aggressor and produced a photo of Darcy Allan Sheppard mohawked and half naked, screaming into the driver’s side window of a different car. Since then Michael Bryant has been telling his side of the story again and again.” Jesse

Wayne Scott has obtained and provided to CANADALAND audio tape of the two closest eyewitnesses to the initial altercation between Bryant and Sheppard.


Eyewitnesses Consistently Portray Michael Bryant as Aggressor

April 5, 2015

In the court transcripts of the case against Michael Bryant, special prosecutor Richard Peck made some comments as to the credibility and the nature of witness statements.

In this case eyewitnesses are people who were either in cars or on the street, in some cases within a few feet of the altercations. Some of them called 911 and sat with police for video interviews. Some of them spoke to the media, and related what they saw. Their witness testimonies were in some cases record mere minutes after the events while things were fresh in their minds. Because Bryant fled the scene of the initial accident, dragging Sheppard along the road, it was very difficult for any one witness to see the entire events that night. However it does not diminish the credibility of their description of the events they saw in person.

In the court transcripts Peck basically retold Bryant’s version of the vents without challenging them and attempted to use Bryant’s words to supersede the testimony of independent eyewitnesses. Peck cherry picked parts of the witness’s statement that could be manipulated to support Bryant and ignored explicit statements from the very same witnesses that showed Bryant to be the aggressor intending to cause harm to Sheppard.

Peck notes:

“The police took statements from numerous eyewitnesses in the area. The witnesses described seeing and hearing aspects of what occurred. No single witness appears to have observed the events from start to finish. There are both consistencies and inconsistencies in their evidence.”

In a telephone call for Jennifer Well’s Toronto Star report on the case (Lost Boy: The death of Darcy Allan Sheppard) Richard Peck continued to claim inconsistencies among the witnesses.

“There were quite disparate accounts of what happened from eyewitnesses or alleged eyewitnesses,” he says. “There were at least a dozen and they were quite disparate in terms of what they saw, or purported to see, the speeds, the interactions, all those types of things.”

Toronto lawyer Mark Sandler, who has many connections to Michael Bryant and who managed the case for Peck chimed in, “as is often the case when you’ve got a reconstruction of a traffic-related matter, the eyewitness accounts are wildly at variance with each other,” Sandler says.

So let’s look at the witness statements and compare them to each other and Bryant’s self-serving version of the events that he came up with immediately after receiving full disclosure of the Crown’s case.

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Organized attempt to supress eyewitness video in Michael Bryant case

April 4, 2015

As more evidence continues to be discovered and revealed in Michael Bryant’s road rage killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard, there is an effort by a person or person to suppress the evidence in Canada.

On September 1, 2009 CTV aired video interviews of two construction workers at the scene of Sheppard’s death. The video also appeared on the Globe and Mail’s site. It was taken down after a few days but MessMedia/Bryantwatch put it up on youtube. It remained there for five years.

Recently someone had the video blocked in Canada due to a “defamation” complaint. This is curious because at the time the video was made the identities of the driver were unknown and unnamed. No one is identified in the video. They are referred to as the “driver” and the “cyclist”

Here is the link to the original video You can still watch the video on vimeo here.

Eyewitnesses to a killing by a motorist in Toronto from Mess Media on Vimeo.


28 Questions!

February 14, 2015

Follow Allan Sheppard’s blog on his son’s violent death at the hands of former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant:

“In the meantime, know that I hope to talk here about my late son Darcy Allan Sheppard and the circumstances and events that preceded and followed his violent death in Toronto on 31 August 2009.”

Mr. Sheppard will also comment on his efforts to understand the special prosecutor’s decision to drop the charges.

“I will also comment extensively on my largely unsuccessful efforts to find out why and how Mr. Peck and Mark Sandler, the Toronto lawyer who oversaw the investigation, chose to exonerate.”

28 Questions


Conclusion of the Police Reconstruction Report – Michael Bryant

June 11, 2014

Toronto Police prepared a detailed collision reconstruction report based on eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence and video evidence. This report was made available to Michael Bryant and his legal team BEFORE Mr. Bryant came up with his version of the events.

Note that the forensic investigation revealed that:

Blood was not located on the steering wheel, passenger side or on the tires of the vehicle. 

Below are the Conclusions of the report. The full Police Collision Reconstruction Report is available here.

Compare its contents to the Special Prosecutor’s brief in court and you will be struck by the vast differences.


 

CONCLUSION

 

Mr. BRYANT and Mr. SHEPPARD shared responsibility in the death of Mr. SHEPPARD.

 

Mr. BRYANT struck Mr. SHEPPARD not once, but twice from a stopped position on Bloor Street West east of the pedestrian signalized intersection which was captured on a building security cameras at#112 Bloor Street West.

 

The first collision occurred after Mr. SHEPPARD stopped his bike in front of the Saab. Mr BRYANT accelerated the Saab from a stopped position into the rear of the bicycle, knocking the bicycle over and jostling Mr. SHEPPARD.

 

The second collision occurred after Mr. SHEPPARD righted his bicycle in front of Mr. BRYANT. The Saab was stopped for two seconds. Mr. BRYANT rapidly accelerated the Saab again into the stopped cyclist, Mr. SHEPPARD was struck, carried on the hood of the car and thrown to the ground from the force of the impact.

 

Mr. BRYANT reversed his Saab and drove around the bicycle which was on the ground with Mr. SHEPPARD.

 

As Mr. BRYANT tried to drive around Mr, SHEPPARD and the bicycle, Mr. SHEPPARD approached the Saab and held onto the drivers’ side of the vehicle. Mr. BRYANT accelerated rapidly in a south westerly direction into on-coming traffic.

 

There was no physical evidence, or independent witness statements suggesting Mr. SHEPPARD affected the steering of the Saab, or anything to suggest he physically attacked Mr. BRYANT.

 

Mr. BRYANT drove the Saab on the roadway westbound in the eastbound lanes with Mr. SHEPPARD holding onto the drivers’ side of the vehicle.

 

Mr. SHEPPARD’s left leg struck a tree near#131Bloor Street West, and he continued to hold onto the side of the vehicle.

 

Mr. SHEPPARD held onto the side of the vehicle until his torso struck a fire hydrant.

 

Mr. SHEPPARD landed on the pavement striking his head on the asphalt.

 

Mr. BRYANT continued to drive the Saab in a westerly direction and left Mr. SHEPPARD lying on the street.

 

Mr. BRYANT drove westbound on Bloor Street West and turned north on Avenue Road. Mr. BRYANT entered the Hyatt Regency Hotel and parked his vehicle. Mr. BRYANT had a conversation with the concierge and called police. (three minutes later)

 

Mr. SHEPPARD died as a result of his injuries sustained in the collision.

 

Mr. BRYANT’s final actions in the third collision sequence led to the death of Mr. SHEPPARD. Mr. BRYANT’s failure to stop the Saab when Mr. SHEPPARD deliberately hung on to the side of the Saab, and driving his vehicle on the opposite side of the road in an attempt to dislodge Mr. SHEPPARD from his vehicle gave the appearance of a deliberate act according to witnesses.

Mr. SHEPPARD also is responsible for his actions that led up to the concluding incident.

All of these incidents were unfortunate and avoidable.

 


Collision Reconstruction Report of the killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard

June 11, 2014

Toronto Police prepared a detailed collision reconstruction report based on eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence and video evidence. This report was made available to Michael Bryant and his legal team BEFORE Mr. Bryant came up with his version of the events.

Below is the Executive Summary of the report. The full Police Collision Reconstruction Report is available here.

Compare its contents to the Special Prosecutor’s brief in court and you will be struck by the vast differences.


 

Collision Reconstruction Report

Fatal Collision 23 | 2009

Bloor Street West near Avenue Road

City of Toronto, Ontario

Monday, August 31, 2009

 

1.0 Executive Summary

On Monday, August 31, 2009 at 9:47 PM, a black Saab convertible operated by Mr. Michael BRYANT was travelling westbound on Bloor Street West. The Saab stopped at a red light for a pedestrian crosswalk near 102 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

A bicycle operated by Mr. D’Arcy SHEPPARD, travelled westbound along the center yellow dividing line on Bloor Street West. Mr. SHEPPARD abruptly turned in front of the Saab and stopped as the traffic light turned green.

Mr. BRYANT accelerated the Saab forward, and bumped the rear tire of the bicycle with the front bumper of the vehicle and stopped. This contact knocked the bicycle over, however the cyclist was able to maintain an upright position. Mr. SHEPPARD righted his bicycle.

Mr. BRYANT rapidly accelerated again from a stop and struck the cyclist from behind a second time. This time Mr. SHEPPARD was projected onto the hood of the Saab and ejected on to the roadway west of the stop line for westbound traffic.

Mr. BRYANT reversed and accelerated rapidly in a westerly direction around the bicycle that had been wedged under the vehicle, At the same time Mr. SHEPPARD stood up and approached the vehicle. Mr. SHEPPARD grabbed onto the drivers’ side door of the Saab as it accelerated. The Saab crossed the center line and continued driving westbound in the eastbound curb lane of Bloor Street West with Mr. SHEPPARD clinging onto the side of the vehicle.

Mr. BRYANT drove the Saab close to the south curb of Bloor Street West, causing Mr. SHEPPARD to strike a tree, and fire hydrant. As Mr. SHEPPARD fell from the vehicle, he tumbled on the roadway, before coming to a rest in the eastbound curb lane.

Mr. BRYANT continued westbound on Bloor Street West in the eastbound and westbound lanes. Mr. BRYANT called police from a Hotel at Bloor Street West and Avenue Road.

Mr. Sheppard died as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision.

Toronto


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