Canada 'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict

19:51  10 february  2018
19:51  10 february  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Boushie family to meet federal justice minister

  Boushie family to meet federal justice minister Boushie family to meet federal justice ministerA jury in Battleford, Sask., deliberated 13 hours before finding Gerald Stanley not guilty of second degree murder Friday in the 2016 death of Colten Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation.

Gerald Stanley pleads not guilty to 2nd-degree murder in Colten Boushie shooting. Rallies showing support for the family of Saskatchewan shooting victim Colten Boushie were held at provincial courthouses in Saskatoon and Regina on Thursday.

Regina . Saskatoon . READ MORE: Rallies planned for First Nations man fatally shot on Saskatchewan farm. Boushie , often called “Coco” by friends and family, was in a vehicle that drove onto Stanley ’s property in the RM of Glenside.

'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict© Guy Quenneville/CBC 'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict

People are gathering in Saskatoon, Regina and other Canadian cities Saturday to show their support for the family of Colten Boushie after Gerald Stanley, a Saskatchewan farmer, was acquitted Friday of responsibility for Boushie's death.

"There is no justice!" yelled people in the courtroom after the jury foreman read out the verdict Friday night. Moments earlier, the presiding judge had urged calm despite the "raw emotions" felt by those in the room.

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    The Saskatchewan man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie , 22, on a farm last week pleaded not guilty to the charge in a packed courtroom Thursday. The hearing for Gerald Stanley , 54, took place at the North Battleford provincial court office

    Flag- and photo-waving supporters of Boushie had gathered throughout the day, chanting “Justice for Colten” outside the provincial courthouse after Stanley pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. The rally for Boushie included drummers , sweetgrass and prayers.

Stanley, 56, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 22-year-old. Boushie and four others from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation drove onto Stanley's property on Aug. 9, 2016. After an altercation with Stanley, his son and wife, Boushie was shot in the head.

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The jury had been deliberating over its verdict for just over 24 hours, though the actual amount of private discussion time was much shorter than that, given breaks and the several hours spent in court Friday relistening to nearly four hours of testimony from Stanley and his son Sheldon.

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    Gatherings in support of Boushie also took place outside provincial court houses in Saskatoon and Regina . --- CTV Saskatoon ’s Angelina Irinici was in the Battlefords covering Stanley ’s court appearances as well as the rally .

Rallies all over Canada

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will hold a news conference at the First Nations University of Canada Regina campus Saturday at 10 a.m. CST to discuss the verdict.

At least a dozen rallies in support of the Boushie family will follow throughout Canada, in cities like Toronto, Winnipeg, St. John's and Yellowknife.

Supporters will gather at Regina's Court of Queen's Bench courthouse at 11 a.m. CST. Stanley had been tried in the Battleford, Sask., Court of Queen's Bench.

A rally will then take place at Saskatoon's Court of Queen's Bench courthouse.

"In honour of the late Colten (Coco) Boushie, we will gather in Saskatoon/Treaty 6 Territory to show solidarity and support for the Boushie and Baptiste family," reads the event page on Facebook.

"Bring drums and signs. Expect elders and children in attendance."

Case's closing arguments

Stanley and his defence attorney, Scott Spencer, said the gun held by Stanley fired accidentally on delay, in what is referred to as "hang fire." Spencer has not issued any comment on the verdict yet.

Crown prosecutor Bill Burge said Stanley intentionally pulled the trigger and lied about the events that led to that moment.

Expert witnesses said the gun, which had Boushie's DNA on it, was working properly and that the trigger had to be pulled in order for the gun to go off.

Kind, goofy Colten Boushie remembered by father .
Colten Boushie came into the world smiling. It was Halloween 1993 in Ronan, Mont., about 225 kilometres southeast of the Roosville Border Crossing in British Columbia. Pete Boushie still remembers how beautiful the baby's mother, Debbie Baptiste, was and how excited he was for the arrival of their third son. And he remembers the smile on the boy's face after he was born. They named him Colten Cale Boushie but he quickly became Co Co.The memory is as clear as the phone call he received in August 2016."My boy called me," Pete Boushie told The Canadian Press from his home on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana.

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