Slain Colten Boushie's family vows to 'pursue justice'

Slain Colten Boushie's family vows to 'pursue justice'
From Al Jazeera - February 10, 2018

The family of an indigenous man in Canada has vowed to keep fighting for justice aftera white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of their 22-year-old relative.

A jury in Saskatchewan, a province in central Canada, on Friday found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in relationto the killing of Colten Boushie.

Stanley was also found not guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.

Boushie, from Red Pheasant Cree Nation, was with friends in August 2016 when he drove onto Stanley's farm to ask for help with a flat tyre, according to Canadian media.

While accounts vary, a friend of Boushie's in the car that day said Stanley retrieved a gun from inside his shop and then shot Boushie in the head, CBC reported.

Stanley testified that the gun "just went off" and his lawyer argued that Boushie's death was a "freak accident" caused by Stanley responding to a highly charged situation in a "measured" way, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix newspaperreported.

Alvin Baptiste, Boushie's uncle, said Friday's verdict had left him "shocked".

"It's a terrible feeling to hear not guilty," hetold reporters outside the courthouse.

"My nephew has been denied justice," added Baptiste. "A white jury came out with a verdict of not guilty of Gerald Stanley, who shot and killed my nephew. This is how they treat usFirst Nationspeople and it's not right."

And so once again the value of our lives is found wanting.

Canada speaks its eternal truth.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and their community.

I wonder what I will tell my children. I wonder what you will tell yours.#JusticeForColten

Jesse Wente (@jessewente) February 10, 2018

if canada were to admit that gerald stanley - a white settler farmer - killing a young nhiyaw man is "murder", they would have to admit their nation is founded on genocide. this is what colonialism is. it is murder. #JusticeForColten

Erica Violet Lee (@EricaVioletLee) February 10, 2018

"It's a tragedy, but it's not criminal."

In just 7 words, we have what is arguably a perfect distillation of Canada's own view on the impacts that its presence inflicts on the well-being of Indigenous peoples#StanleyTrial#JusticeForColten

MEDIA INDIGENA (@mediaINDIGENA) February 9, 2018

The Indigenous youth managing this page are tired of losing each other. Today we have no hashtags. Today we are filled with grief, rage, and ferocious love for each other.

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