Protests erupt after farmer acquitted in Colten Boushie death

Colten Boushie died Aug. 9 2016. Gerald Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in his death

Colten Boushie died Aug. 9 2016. Gerald Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in his death

Vice-Chief Kimberly Jonathan stood on the steps of the Battleford Court of Queen's Bench crying.

Debbie Baptiste, the mother of Colten Boushie, holds up a picture of her son as she leaves the Court of Queen's Bench during a lunch recess on the fifth day of the trial of Gerald Stanley, the farmer accused of killing the 22-year-old Indigenous man, in Battleford Sask., Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

More than 200 people gathered outside the Edmonton Police Service headquarters carrying signs and chanting "no justice, no peace" and "justice for Colten".

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

The verdict sparked a firestorm of criticism from Aboriginal groups across Canada.

"Ultimately, Coco's death needs to have a objective", she said, using the family's nickname for Boushie. "Colten! Colten!" - could be heard through the door. "Something has to be done about this!" said Alvin Baptiste, Boushie's uncle, after the verdict was read aloud. In a news release, the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs, who represent seven First Nations in the Battleford area, said they were "deeply disturbed" by the verdict and called for "an immediate inquiry examining a number of injustices during this trial including problems with jury selection, the prosecution and trial processes". "Something has to be done about this - the government, Justin Trudeau, we asked you to give us Indigenous people justice".

Webster said Saturday's rally was a way of standing with Boushie's family against a "racist system".

"We need to remember we're all human", said Raylene Hunter.

"There is a darkness that exists in this country", said Murphy. I felt for my children.

"There's years of history that went behind that gun shot that took that life. we have to understand that as a nation", said Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North. "Please remain peaceful", organizers said in a release. We all face racism.

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Scott Spencer, Stanley's attorney, was not available for comment.

Crown prosecutor Bill Burge did not comment when asked if he was surprised by the verdict.

"It's a awful feeling to hear not guilty", he told reporters outside the court.

Sheldon Wuttunee, former chief of the Red Pheasant First Nation, called on everyone to come together to solve their differences.

Forensic investigation determined Boushie was shot with a Tokarev semiautomatic pistol that was found in Stanley's home.

He told the jury he fired two warning shots in the air, but pulled the trigger "three or four times".

Supporters during a rally for the Boushie family at the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon, SK on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

On Friday night, after a week of testimony and a day and a half of deliberations, a jury found Stanley not guilty, setting off cries of anguish from Boushie's relatives and supporters.

"It's a tragedy, but it's not criminal".

The 22-year-old Indigenous man was shot dead on Stanley's farm. He was from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation north of Biggar.

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