The right wingers seem to have settled on their talking points for Jimmy Forcillo, the Toronto cop who executed Sammy Yatim on a Toronto streetcar last month.
The first point is to contend that there's no justice in convicting Forcillo of the execution.
The second point is the claim that Yatim died in a "hail of gunfire." It's a "hail" of fire, a blur, who can tell, who can judge? Except that's a lie as anyone who has watched the videos knows.
The third point is that Forcillo is being thrown to the mob. Public emotion is riding so high there's no way he can be treated fairly. Hence the executioner is now the victim.
And it's all bollocks, especially the "hail of gunfire" linchpin on which this rests.
Forcillo took his time emptying his automatic's nine-round clip into Yatim. It was no hail of gunfire. He fired over a very extended 13-seconds, first round to last.
Forcillo dropped Yatim to the floor of the streetcar with his first, 3-round salvo that took all of two seconds. Yatim went down, apparently with the first of those three rounds, never to get back up. Call it the First Event.
What followed was a nearly 5-second long pause. No movement, no gunfire. No hail of any description. Call that the Second Event.
The remaining almost six seconds were filled with the remaining rounds in Forcillo's handgun. A salvo of four shots, a pause, the eighth shot, a pause, the ninth and final shot. Call that the Third Event.
I saw these events. You saw them. So did Blatchford et al. It's easy to say that the eyes play tricks on us. Fortunately I didn't use my eyes to hear those gunshots. I used my ears to hear them and my mind plus the YouTube counter to log them, to time the three events.
The right and its greasy minions like Blatchford are quietly coming to Forcillo's defence and it speaks volumes that they're bringing arguments based on lies. It's people like Blatchford playing on emotions because of just one thing - Forcillo is a cop. He's one of her tribe and he thus deserves the "hail of gunfire" defence.