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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 04:33 PM

Why the acquittal of a white farmer is sparking protests across Canada

Canadian activists are calling for political and judicial reforms after a white farmer was found not guilty in the 2016 shooting of a young indigenous man by a seemingly all-white jury, spurring thousands of Canadians to demonstrate across the country.

Protests spread around Canada after the jury acquitted Gerald Stanley, a 56-year-old farmer, in the murder of 22-year-old Colton Boushie, a member of the Cree Red Pheasant First Nation in the central province of Saskatchewan, on Friday. Two years ago, Boushie and his friends drove onto Stanley’s land in search of assistance with a flat tire near the town of Biggar. The young people caught Stanley’s attention when he heard a vehicle start; believing it was being stolen, the farmer confronted them. A verbal back-and-forth ensued and Stanley fired a handgun, hitting Boushie. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In Canada, the use of a firearm to defend private property is illegal. But Friday’s verdict means that Stanley will walk free. A jury reportedly containing no members of color — or indigenous members more specifically — found the farmer not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. The decision devastated Boushie’s family, who announced following the verdict that they would meet with government officials and demand changes to Canada’s justice system.

https://thinkprogress.org/canada-native-lives-matter-ac2e31145f25/




Sounds familiar like in Florida...................

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turbinetree Feb 2018 OP
LanternWaste Feb 2018 #1
turbinetree Feb 2018 #2
Fred Sanders Feb 2018 #3
Nevernose Feb 2018 #5
Nevernose Feb 2018 #4
WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2018 #6

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 04:42 PM

1. Or any other US state or commonwealth.

"Sounds familiar like in Florida..."

Or any other US state or commonwealth.

(I personally like making fun of North Dakota. Though not as trendy as Florida among hipsters as a standard target of misplaced ire, there's just so much more per capita ammunition)

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:07 PM

2. I don't know, I still remember hearing about my best friend getting killed in California

and he was a two paragraph news report in the LA Times and there have been over 1.5 million since 1968

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:27 PM

3. The use of a firearm to defend private property is not unconditionally illegal! Where does the

writer get that from?

The test is force that is proportional to the threat. There is no Castle Doctrine. The victim here was unarmed so hard to justify bringing and using a firearm to a hand fight.

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:18 PM

5. He never said he was defending himself

He said it was a hang fire accident. Right wing Americans are the ones pushing some alternative self-defense narrative (along with plenty of racist Canadians), even though the murderer claimed it was an accident.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:16 PM

4. he claimed it was accidental, not self-defense

Here is an excellent explainer on why this was murder

https://facebook.com/robfeist/posts/10160217096300571

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:19 PM

6. Justice for Colton Boushie. K&R

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