Given the unusual evidence now emerging regarding the deadly, downtown Toronto altercation between former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant and bicycle courier, Darcy Allan Sheppard, it is now abundantly fair to question whether the Toronto Police may have jumped the gun in charging Mr. Bryant before all the evidence was in.
Mr. Bryant, 43, was charged Tuesday with criminal negligence causing death after the incident which occurred Monday evening.
Through some excellent reporting by Toronto Star reporter Cathal Kelly today, we learn that only an hour before the Bloor Street altercation that would leave Mr. Sheppard dead, he was subject of a domestic disturbance complaint by his girlfriend, and in police hands:
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
Regarding Michael Bryant's murder of cyclist Darcy Sheppard, this attorney said it's perfectly acceptable to kill the cyclist when he's holding on for dear life to your car.
If I understood the facts to be that Mr. Sheppard was "holding on for dear life," as opposed to the version of facts consistently described in news reports including those excerpted above, that Mr. Sheppard was behaving in a threatening, aggressive manner toward Mr. Bryant as this horrible episode developed, my comments would have been quite different.
If you are aware of credible, contrary evidence, please comment and let me and Wise Law Blog readers know - with links. We are interested.
- Garry J. Wise