NAN Statement as Jury Delivers Acquittal in Colten Boushie Murder Case
February 10, 2018
THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of Colten Boushie:
“It is outrageous that Colten Boushie was shot dead and no one will be held accountable. The legal system has failed him, and our hearts are with his family, Red Pheasant First Nation and the people of Saskatchewan. This tragedy has exposed systemic racism in the justice system from the day Colten was shot, the peremptory challenges during jury selection, to the verdict delivered last night. The exclusion of Indigenous Peoples in the jury selection process and other issues were revealed during the Ontario jury role review by former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci. These and other systemic issues in the justice system are well documented, but little change has been made due to government inaction. We will support the family’s pursuit of justice through the appeals process and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ call for an inquiry.”
A jury found Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Boushie on Friday. The 22-year-old from Red Pheasant First Nation died of a gunshot wound to the head on Stanley’s farm near Biggar, Saskatchewan, in August 2016.
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