“You are all witnesses to this!”
On August 31, 2009, just before ten o’clock in the evening, former Attorney General, Michael Bryant rapidly accelerated his black Saab 900 SE convertible into Darcy Allan Sheppard and his bicycle, knocking Sheppard on to the hood of the car, propelling him along Bloor Street and then on to the road, leaving a twenty-seven-foot scrape on the road. Sheppard who was likely filled with adrenalin and shock pushed himself up from the ground with his bloodied hands, slammed his backpack on to the hood of the car and pointed to the witnesses standing around. Sheppard yelled to the bystanders and onlookers, “You are all witnesses to this!”
These were Darcy Allan Sheppard’s last words before Michael Bryant killed him with his car. It was as if Darcy Allan Sheppard knew he would be unfairly portrayed as the aggressor rather than the victim. It was as if Darcy Allan Sheppard knew the justice system was stacked against him. Darcy Allan Sheppard’s last words were a cry for justice. They were a plea for witnesses to come forward and tell the truth. Darcy Allan Sheppard’s final words were a call for transparency.
Eyewitnesses 9.12 and 9.13 were the closest witnesses to Michael Bryant’s attack on Darcy Allan Sheppard. They are unique because they may be the only witnesses who saw what happened before Michael Bryant rapidly accelerated his car into Darcy Allan Sheppard. They each sat with police only a few hours after Bryant killed Sheppard. These are their previously unreleased video statements in their entirety.