A Saskatchewan farmer accused of killing a young First Nations man may learn Friday whether he’ll be released on bail.
George Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie.
The 22-year-old was killed on August 9th, when the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm west of Saskatoon.
A cousin who was in the vehicle says it had a flat tire and they were looking for help.
The judge in the case has reserved his bail decision, promising a written ruling either Friday or early next week.
The Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations had called for a review of RCMP communication policies and writing guidelines after the August 10th news release about a shooting incident near Biggar, Saskatchewan.
“The news release the RCMP issued the following day provided just enough prejudicial information for the average reader to draw their own conclusions that the shooting was somehow justified,” says FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron.
As details have emerged about this incident, the cousin of the 22-year-old man who was fatally shot says they were just looking for help with a flat tire when they drove into a farm.
Eric Meechance says he was in the car with his cousin, Colten Boushie, and three other friends when a tire blew out as they headed home to the Red Pheasant First Nation near North Battleford on Tuesday evening.
Meechance says when they drove onto the farm in the rural municipality of Glenside a man “came out of nowhere” and attacked the car.
Meechance says they tried to drive away, but ended up colliding with a parked car and then he ran for safety as gunshots rang out.
Colten Boushie was killed and 54-year-old Gerald Stanley has been charged with second-degree murder.
The FSIN has called the RCMP release regarding this incident biased and not in-line with the relationship the FSIN and the RCMP have been building.
They suggest the way the news release was written allowed people to make assumptions about this incident.
However the Saskatchewan RCMP says they cannot comment yet on the investigation and how the original press release was written.
Speaking at a news conference Friday night, Superintendent Rob Cameron with “F” Division says the RCMP are using this opportunity to reach out to the FSIN, adding relationships with the community are critical as is dialogue with the FSIN regarding this case.
Cameron says the RCMP handled the investigation fairly and competently saying it’s troubling to see the story discussed – at times, unfairly – on social media.
(with files from The Canadian Press)