Gerald Stanley Not Guilty In Colten Boushie's Death

After closing arguments from the Crown and defence the judge will instruct the jury on how to deliberate Gerald Stanley's fate

After closing arguments from the Crown and defence the judge will instruct the jury on how to deliberate Gerald Stanley's fate

She said this won't be the last time Indigenous people feel pushed side. Turtle Island is an Indigenous term for North America.

More than 200 people gathered outside the Edmonton Police Service headquarters carrying signs and chanting "no justice, no peace" and "justice for Colten".

Boushie and four others from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation drove onto Stanley's property on August 9, 2016.

During the trial, Stanley said the handgun accidentally had gone off.

Forensic investigation determined Boushie was shot with a Tokarev semiautomatic pistol that was found in Stanley's home.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted about the decision from Los Angeles late Friday, saying "I can't imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight".

Defence attorney Scott Spencer, right, and his client Gerald Stanley leave the Court of Queen's Bench on the day of closing arguments and first day of jury in deliberation in the trial of Stanley, the farmer accused of killing 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie, in Battleford, Sask., Thursday, February 8, 2018.

A verdict of guilty of manslaughter is one of the three options put to the jury by Chief Justice Popescul. It was enraging and it caused a lot of emotions.

"The family will be upset and we'll be upset", said Cameron.

He wouldn't speculate, however, on how the family would react to a manslaughter verdict.

A pass system, similar to South Africa's under apartheid, once required indigenous people to get a government official's written permission to step off their reserves.

Colten Boushie's family criticized the jury selection process for excluding potential jurors who appeared to be Indigenous.

Both groups say their efforts are directed against criminals, not indigenous people.

"We will hold space and make space for the feelings". "As a country we can and must do better - I am committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians".

It is also meant to send a message to the family of Colten Boushie. One user on the event page said they were "lighting a candle for Colten in Baltimore!"

The demonstrations were intending to honour Boushie, and serve as a day of action to show solidarity and support for the Boushie and Baptiste family, according to organizers. But I wasn't shocked that was going to be the verdict. I really didn't think it was going to be any other way.

As the not guilty verdict was announced at 7:35 p.m.in Battleford Court of Queen's Bench, Boushie's mother Debbie Baptiste rose from her seat and screamed. "It is so evident what occurred but somehow a jury overlooked this and its absurd", said Niigaan Sinclair who helped organize the Justice for Colten rally in Winnipeg and is a professor in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.

"This is what truth and reconciliation is all about".

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