Stop Publication of Michael Bryant's Book
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Stop Publication of Michael Bryant's Book

    1. Petition by

      Pamela Clark

      Toronto, Canada

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In August 2009, former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant was involved in a fatal collision between his car and a cyclist, Darcy Allan Sheppard. According to media and witness reports, following the initial collision, Sheppard, who was clutching onto Bryant's car, was brutally killed as Bryant swerved his car toward trees, a mailbox, and a fire hydrant, slamming Sheppard's body into these objects (1). Witnesses at the scene reported that Bryant driving Sheppard into these objects appeared to be deliberate, and said Bryant clearly "meant to knock him off." (2)

Many members of the public are shocked and outraged with Bryant's conduct—not only on the night of the accident, but also in his actions in the days, months, and years since. Bryant has also consistently demonstrated a lack of integrity and an absence of compassion toward the victim. In the days following the collision, Bryant even hired a PR company that shamefully worked to publicly discredit the victim (3).

Many members of the public also feel that Bryant may have received preferential treatment by police, media, and the justice system as a result of his political connections. Moreover, when criminal charges against Bryant without the case going to trial, many argued that this presented the appearance of Bryant having exploited his political clout in his own favor.

Given the above, but also just as a matter of very basic decency, we call on Penguin Canada to halt plans to release Bryant's book. For Penguin Canada or Michael Bryant to attempt to profit, in any way, from the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard is profoundly shameful, shocking, and offensive. We call on Penguin to stop the publication of "28 Seconds," and to sever their business relationship with Michael Bryant.

(1) http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/09/15/a-tragic-encounter-2/#more-80436 & http://bryantwatch.wordpress.com/tag/navigator-ltd/ 

(2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8UKQW225gI

(3) http://bryantwatch.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/michael-bryant-pr-firm-navigator-ltd/

Further information:

Security camera footage of the collision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFISP_PrhFo

Eyewitness accounts : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8UKQW225gI

 

* If you feel something written above is misleading, inaccurate, or should be worded differently, please feel encouraged to contact me to discuss it. I have attempted to describe the events, and this issue, in a voice as neutral toward both sides as possible. 

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago
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    • Sean Noonan TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Its in bad taste to profit off the death of a poor native of Canada who died at Michael Bryant's hands with a book only showing his side of the story.. This is not a story the rich driver who has a well payed PR firm on retainer should be taken at is word or have it printed for his gain in any way. When is enough abuse for a dead man enough? Al was kind man. Id be upset if Michael had hit me twice with a car from behind knocking me down off my bike and then watching him try and drive away. I saw the camera views before the footage vanished from online. Ask to see the 22 camera angles of the area that the incident happened. I bet you can find the whole thing. It has the truth on it. See if it fits what Michael Bryant says. I agree with free speech. I dont agree with printing lies for profit. Noam Chomsky said it best. " I may not agree with what a person says but I agree they have the right to say it" He has money. Let him sell his own lies.. Thanks for you time.. yours truly. Sean.

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    • stuart spencer UXBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      To give someone guilty of an atrocity of these dimensions the oxygen of publicity is unforgivable

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    • Andrew Bray TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      View the video http://bit.ly/85tg5 Bryant didn't even go to court. His buddies dropped all charges. This is obscene.

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    • John Shafer TORONTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      this privileged criminal, although excused by his class connections, should not be allowed to profit further from his crime of murder.

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