Protests erupt after farmer acquitted in Colten Boushie death
- Author: Joanne Flowers Feb 11, 2018,
Feb 11, 2018, 18:25
Stanley was acquitted of a charge of first degree murder in Boushie's death Friday by an all-white jury.
An all-white jury found Saskatchewan farmer Gerard Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder on Friday in the shooting death of Boushie, who was Cree. Mr. Stanley believed Mr. Boushie's companions were trying to steal an ATV, a confrontation ensued and Mr. Boushie was fatally shot. "People are standing up, demanding change and rightly so!"
She also said she supports the ongoing work of the National Judicial Institute on the issue of jury selection and the under-representation of Indigenous jurors.
And now there is a verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial.
Protests are being staged across Canada in response to the acquittal of a White Saskatchewan farmer who fatally shot an Indigenous man. "We have to manifest it into something that creates permanent change", said Kiera Day, a rally participant in Toronto.
Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, said he could not imagine "the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling".
"I really needed to express our love and support to [Boushie's] family, who didn't feel that they had justice served". "We're praying for the best and hope the family gets what's coming".
"Justice looks like where don't need to worry about asking for help or walking down the street because we are brown, because we are Indigenous people", she said.
"We've always known as Indigenous leaders that this was their system", said Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, saying the system was set up by those who colonized Canada.
Within minutes of the verdict, new Saskatchewan Premier tweeted out a message calling for unity. "It is now more important than ever that we continue to demonstrate consideration, patience and understanding for one another", Mr. Moe said. Mr. Clark said this is a defining moment for this community and this country.
The Boushie verdict was hard to take as a First Nations person, Dewit said.
"What you're hearing today is solidarity. That's where you belong", Baptiste said.
Colten Boushie, 22, was killed Tuesday after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm in the rural municipality of Glenside, west of Saskatoon.
"This is a critical moment and we can't accept this injustice".
Courchene says she wasn't surprised by the decision, the makeup of the jury and the reported absence of anyone of Indigenous descent. We are here and we are not going anywhere.
"We must not let this go away quietly".
The trial heard that Boushie was shot in the head while he was sitting in an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask.