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'Justice for Colten' rally draws dozens in Vancouver after not-guilty verdict

11 February 2018

As a sheriff's deputy put his hand on his shoulder, Stanley recoiled for a moment before being hurriedly led out of the tense room.

In order to find Stanley guilty of second-degree murder, the jury will need to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Stanley meant to cause Boushie's death or meant to cause Boushie bodily harm that was likely to cause death. After that, Chief Justice Martel Popescul will read instructions to the jury.

Throughout Stanley's trial, jurors have been able to go home at the end of the day. Sheldon had run toward the house, and when he came back outside, he recalled in testimony, his father was walking toward the vehicle before the shot that killed Boushie went off-a statement that contradicted Stanley's story, who said he ran to the vehicle, fearing that his wife had been trapped underneath.

Canada's justice minister and others are weighing in on the not-guilty verdict delivered Friday night in the Gerald Stanley trial.

"Please join us in solidarity and prayer for the family of Colten Boushie". Loud sobbing and screams - including "Colten!"

The ruling prompted First Nations leaders and federal politicians to call for widespread change in the justice system.

Boushie's family had previously expressed concern that the deck was stacked against them during the court process. "Something has to be done about this - the government, Justin Trudeau, we asked you to give us Indigenous people justice". "You know it's time that my family starts to heal and move on", he said.

"There is a darkness that exists in this country", said Murphy. And then I accidentally walked back to the auto.

Friday night, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations held a 10 p.m. news conference at the offices of BATC in North Battleford in response to the verdict.

Gerald Stanley
Liam Richards  
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Gerald Stanley Liam Richards Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Come springtime, Bellegarde added Canada will be under a Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations and the country's human rights record will be rated by other member states.

Kim Jonathan, vice -chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, reacts to the verdict outside the courthouse. "That's the sad part", she said. We all face racism. Although Stanley may not have taken all the proper steps to ensure the pistol was empty, Spencer said the steps he did take were appropriate, given the circumstances. "Enough. We're going to fight back", said a visibly upset Debbie Baptiste, the young man's mother. It was a very straightforward case, said Burge.

When asked if he was surprised by the verdict, Burge declined to reply.

Boushie and four other young people from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation reserve drove onto Stanley's rural property in an SUV on August 9, 2016. Mounties say words were exchanged in an attempt to get the vehicle to leave before shots were fired. I can't imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight. "Nevertheless an all white jury formed the twisted view of that obvious truth and found Stanley not guilty". "It's not criminal. It's a tragedy, but it's not criminal".

A jury has found a Saskatchewan farmer not guilty in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man.

"[The trigger] was pulled intentionally".

"It would have been so easy, so easy to say, 'That barrel was pointed at me and I shot him, '" Spencer said.

The jury spent Friday morning re-listening to testimony from Stanley and his son.

The defence in the Stanley case said his gun accidentally went off, killing Boushie with a single shot to the back of the head in a "freak accident". He was from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation north of Biggar.

'Justice for Colten' rally draws dozens in Vancouver after not-guilty verdict