Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

'Justice for Colten': Victoria rally protests acquittal in Saskatchewan trial

'Justice for Colten': Victoria rally protests acquittal in Saskatchewan trial

Yes, that is an interpretation.

I can not possibly suggest the jurors in this case were racist. "I know it's there, I know it's pervasive, but sometimes when they don't have a hope in heck of being innocent, they're still found innocent of shooting someone in the head".

"We were set back again because of the verdict".

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. "I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices".

"We all have more to do to improve justice (and) fairness for Indigenous Canadians", tweeted Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's push for reconciliation of Canada's troubled history with its indigenous people particularly resonates in the town of Battleford, in the central part of Saskatchewan province.

"Ultimately, Coco's death needs to have a goal", she said, using the family's nickname for Boushie.

The Crown and defence are expected to deliver their closing statements.

It was one of several rallies across Canada following a not guilty verdict in the trial of Gerald Stanley, acquitted of second-degree murder in Mr. Boushie's death. Or should an indigenous jury always try an indigenous accused?

"Love brought me out today", she said.

But she promised only "careful study" of ending peremptory challenges, something the United Kingdom did three decades ago.

Doyle-Bedwell said she would like to see changes to the justice system.

"This is what truth and reconciliation is all about". Enough. We're going to fight back, " said a visibly upset Baptiste, surrounded by her family.

- Jesse Wente (@jessewente) February 10, 2018if canada were to admit that gerald stanley - a white settler farmer - killing a young nêhiyaw man is "murder", they would have to admit their nation is founded on genocide. this is what colonialism is murder. Any provincial progress on this issue has been negligible at best. Concerns have been raised about an apparent lack of diversity on the jury, which did not have any jurors from visible minorities, including the Indigenous community.

Engel said the case does raise questions about the diversity of a jury and how members are selected. Wilson-Raybould should move on this with the provinces.

"My thoughts are with the family of Colten Boushie tonight", Jodi Wilson-Raybould said Friday on Twitter.

They listened solemnly to prayers and calls for reforms to Canada's justice system made in Cree, Ojibway and English.

It just has to do it.

"This is meant to be an event of prayer and peace in a time of mourning" - that's the word from a local organizer, who is planning a gathering in Kitchener this Sunday to remember Colten Boushie.

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