Canada Protests erupt following acquittal of farmer

23:21  10 february  2018
23:21  10 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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  ‘We’re going to fight back’ — Colten Boushie’s mother delivers emotional message ‘We’re going to fight back’ — Colten Boushie’s mother delivers emotional messageThe gatherings ranged from vigils to protests, pulled together under the banner “Justice for Colten Boushie.” Two took place in Saskatchewan, the province where Boushie lived and died, while others took place or were scheduled to take place on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Yellowknife, N.W.T., and as far away as Palm Beach, Fla.

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NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — The emotions were raw at demonstrations across Canada on Saturday to protest the acquittal of a white Saskatchewan farmer in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man.

a person holding a sign© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Protestors gathered across the country amid a chorus of outrage the day after a white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan.

A jury in Battleford, Sask., found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second degree murder on Friday in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation.

Battleford was one of many communities that planned gatherings today to protest the ruling.

Other protests and vigils were planned in Halifax, Toronto and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The sound of people chanting a Cree honour song mixed with the noon bells of the Peace Tower on the Hill, and event organizer Lynne Courchene says that Stanley's acquittal symbolizes systemic racism in the justice system.

‘We were denied justice’: Acquittal in Colten Boushie murder trial sparks outrage, protests

  ‘We were denied justice’: Acquittal in Colten Boushie murder trial sparks outrage, protests ‘We were denied justice’: Acquittal in Colten Boushie murder trial sparks outrage, protests Les Harper of Saddle Lake in Alberta, who introduced the various speakers, said “You may be angry, upset. You’re in the right place.”An Indigenous elder, Harper, who was introduced as “grandmother,” spoke on the wounds that led to Saturday’s gathering, saying her heart has been broken so many times by the death of her brothers and sisters, that it is now resilient and strong.“That man who shot and killed our brother, he’s got wounds, too,” she said. “I’m not letting him off the hook.

Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St . Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Protests erupted today following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder last year in the shooting death of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Courchene says she wasn't surprised by the decision, the makeup of the jury and the reported absence of anyone of Indigenous descent.

Eight-year-old Mariposa Horsley stood beside her mother and brother and held a sign that said, "Everybody matters."

"I have a best friend who is Inuit. Her mother is actually a throat singer," she said.

"I thought it would be nice to come because I don't think we should be against people just because of the colour of their skin. It's not fair."

Saskatchewan MP Georgina Jolibois said she was shocked by the court decision, which she described as disturbing.

"As Indigenous people, we give each other support when we're hurting. And that's why I'm here," said Jolibois, who is a former mayor of La Loche, Sask.

Jolibois said she and other Indigenous leaders would like to see an inquiry called.

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

RCMP searching for suspect after attempted break-in, gunshot on farm west of North Battleford .
Battleford RCMP responded to a call on a rural property west of North Battleford, where the homeowners say someone trespassed on their property and nearly shot the husband in the head.In a news release, Battleford RCMP confirmed they attended a complaint of breaking and entering at a rural property at approximately 5 a.m. CST on Feb. 18.

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