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Halifax rally planned Saturday during 'day of action' after Boushie verdict

Gerald Stanley, 56, was found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Colton Boushie in Saskatchewan
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Gerald Stanley leaves the Court of Queen's Bench out a back door with members of the RCMP after a jury delivered a verdict of not guilty of killing 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie, in Battleford, Sask., Friday, February 9, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

HALIFAX - A rally is planned in Halifax Saturday evening calling for justice in the case of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm in 2016.

Gerald Stanley, 56, was found not guilty of second-degree murder on Friday in the death of the 22-year-old resident of Red Pheasant First Nation.

A jury in Battleford, Sask., deliberated for 13 hours before it reached a verdict, one that’s drawn considerable outrage from First Nations groups across the country. 

The Indigenous Joint Action Coalition has called for a day of action Saturday to show solidarity and support for the Boushie family, with a rally planned for Halifax outside the courthouse on Spring Garden Road at 6 p.m.

The jury heard during the trial that Boushie was shot in the head by Stanley while he was inside an SUV that he and a group had driven on to Stanley's farm. 

The group had been drinking and tried to break into a nearby truck but went to Stanley's farm looking for help with a flat tire. 

Several members of Boushie's family broke down after the verdict was announced, a decision Red Pheasant First Nation Chief Clint Wuttunee called "absolutely perverse."

"Colten Boushie was shot in the back of the head at point blank range, he said. “Nevertheless an all white jury formed the twisted view of that obvious truth and found Stanley not guilty."

Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, took to Twitter to express his belief that justice was not served in the case. 

Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all tweeted about the case on Friday evening. 

Boushie's family say they plan to fight for an appeal in the case. 

 

-With files from the Canadian Press

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