March 25, 2018

Outrage after white farmer found not guilty in Indigenous death

11 February 2018, 04:09 | Joan Schultz

Arlen Dumas Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said the jury's verdict cannot stand

Mathias Colomb Chief Arlen Dumas

Chris Murphy, a lawyer retained by the Boushie family, said a junior constable was initially put in charge of the investigation, forensic experts were not brought in, and the vehicle in which Boushie died was left uncovered, its doors open, for two rainy days, washing away evidence.

The group of over 100 then began chanting "justice for Colten".

Late Friday evening a jury acquitted Stanley. Moments earlier, the presiding judge had urged calm despite the "raw emotions" felt by those in the room. A public hanging in 1885 of six Cree and two Assiniboine men on murder charges that have since been questioned remains the largest mass execution in Canada's history.

The sound of crying amplified around a Battleford courtroom Friday night following the acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley.

On Saturday morning, Sen.

The verdict drew condemnation from federal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who said Canada "can and must do better".

Grandmother Cheryl Alexander attended to show support for Boushie's family. But I am going to say we have come to this point as a country far too many times. "Numerous studies, across the country, have pointed out how justice is often denied for both First Nation victims and accused by the very system meant to provide due process", said the press release which called for the recommendations from Manitoba's Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI) to be implemented. "They're heartbroken. And I know Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike know that we have to do better". White people - they run the court system.

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"We have to call on governments to work with us and develop [an] anti-racism plan and strategy", he said, adding there should be a complete overhaul of the justice system. This was part of a number of rallies that were held across Canada in his name.

Dyck is an Indigenous senator from Saskatchewan, where the trial in Battleford polarized citizens racial views and politicians warned people to react responsibly.

"Gerald Stanley ... don't think for a second you've gotten away with this, because somewhere down the line you're going to pay", he said. Spencer has not issued any comment on the verdict yet.

Stanley, the Saskatchewan farmer charged with second-degree murder in the death of Cree man Colten Boushie on August 9, 2016, was acquitted by a jury in Battleford Court of Queen's Bench on Friday evening.

Experts brought in by Stanley's lawyer said that on rare occasions, bullets can briefly linger inside guns and rifles after a trigger is pulled - although neither those experts nor ones with the police were able to re-create the flaw using Stanley's gun and ammunition.

Alvin Baptiste, Colten Boushie's uncle, stands with Colten's mother Debbie Baptiste and brother Jace Boushie as demonstrators gather outside of the courthouse in North Battleford, Sask., on Saturday.

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