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Michael Bryant and Spin Doctors ‘Diminish Us All’

May 25, 2010 @ 16:36

“We are all diminished by any loss of life,” said Mr. Bryant.

I would opine that we are all diminished when after one takes the life of another, the institution we have built that maintains our civilization offers no sanction.

The starting point, the point where Michael Bryant loses his humanity to fear and the objectification of the other, happens before the hellish ride that kills Darcy Allan Sheppard. It starts with an assault at an intersection, when Bryant uses his car to throw the cyclist onto the hood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufM7zvX3-tM&feature=fvw). He then brakes and backs up, spilling the injured man to the pavement, then he wheels right, around the man and over the bike, trying to effect an escape of the scene of his criminal act – it is at this point Sheppard grabs onto the side of the car. It is in this attempt to escape the consequences of his assault on Sheppard that Bryant embarks down the road to murder – and becomes Sheppard’s Chauffeur of death.

Here’s a player with the audio embedded of the carefully scripted stage play that served as a news conference this morning.

After, reporters pose questions that seem intended only to help Mr. Bryant flesh out the details of the spin he has just delivered – questions that help Bryant add colour and depth to his script:
Thanks to the National post (mp3 of Michael Bryant news conference May 25, 2010).

“28 seconds…” This is the theme the script writers go with, it talks to the idea that at a moment of fear and surprise you might have done what Michael Bryant did – that is, cross to the opposite side of Bloor Street and use a mail box and a tree to “brush off” – to snuff out the life of – a man hanging onto the side of your car for dear life.

From the witnesses, via Youtube video:

Click to see it on Youtube: “Witnesses to killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard By Michael Bryant“.

What charges should be brought that will have a reasonable likelihood of resulting in a conviction?

Assault?
Dangerous Driving?
Assault with a weapon?

I cross posted this piece at Michael Holloway’s FilterBlogs “Michael Bryant and Spin Doctors ‘Diminish Us All’“.

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