Bryant’s charges dropped but PR continues


There is a story in the Toronto Media Co-op about Navigator’s campaign on behalf of Michael Bryant

Special Prosecutor and PR Firm Navigator Involved in Other High-profile Scandals

Toronto Media Co-op, June 20, 2010

by GEORDIE GWALGEN DENT,

Toronto – Outcries of public rage met the announcement that Michael Bryant would not be charged in the death of Darcy Allen Sheppard, a Metis bike courier from Toronto.

Richard Peck, the special prosecutor assigned to the Bryant/Sheppard case, says that the public interest could not have been taken into account in his decision not to prosecute the former Provincial Minister.

“It doesn’t work that way,” said Peck in response to claims that he should have proceeded with charges in the public interest of accountability. “The responsibility on Crown Council is to review the case and see if it meets the threshold for prosecution. The public interest cannot trump the fact that case does not meet the threshold for prosecution…it’s in the Crown Council policy manual. If you don’t have a provable case, you can’t proceed.”

Peck has remained a popular appointment with Provincial governments. He has now been appointed to asses whether charges should be laid against the officers who killed Robert Dziekanski, the Polish immigrant killed after police tasered him five times 30 seconds after confronting him.

A previous statement from the BC criminal justice branch released by Stan Lowe, stated that they unanimously believed that criminal charges against the 4 officers were not necessary. Lowe was appointed as the BC Police Complaints Commissioner two weeks later.

Bryant’s car can be seen on public surveillance video (see below) striking Sheppard and then driving off with Sheppard attached to his car, yet the defendant claims that Sheppard attempted to attack him before he drove off in his car, killing Sheppard.

Read the rest of this story at the Toronto Media Co-op

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2 Responses to Bryant’s charges dropped but PR continues

  1. Gerry G says:

    As we get closer to the anniversary, you’ll hear a lot more negative comments about Sheppard and the victimized Bryant. Toronto Life has already started their campaign with their next month’s issue. The author was interviewed on talk radio this morning and gave the sob story about how poor Michael was forced to ride a bike hours after he was let out of prison. Boo hoo hoo, I say. He takes a life and doesn’t spend 12 hours in a cell, walks out with a suit, and hired the best PR company around to modify his image and the victim’s image in the media. And he was the one doing all the yelling that night when he dragged Darcy to his death.
    Not much of a victim if you ask me.

    http://www.torontolife.com/magazine/2010/9/

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