Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sask-Farm-Shooting-Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sask-Farm-Shooting-Update

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BATTLEFORD, Sask. - Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says Canada "can and must do better" after a white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man.

A reportedly all-white jury in Battleford, Saskatchewan deliberated 13 hours before finding 56-year-old Gerald Stanley not guilty of second degree murder in the 2016 death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie from the Red Pheasant First Nation.

Last night's verdict sparked a firestorm of criticism from First Nations groups across Canada with the band's chief calling the ruling "absolutely perverse."

Wilson-Raybould tweeted her sympathy for Boushie's family, adding that she is "committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians."

Boushie's family had expressed concern from the start that the deck was stacked against them, and Bouchie's uncle Alvin Baptiste called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to give Indigenous people justice. …

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