A verdict has been reached in a trial which captivated Saskatchewan and Canada.
On Friday night, a 12 person jury in North Battleford found 56 year old Gerald Stanley not guilty in the 2016 shooting death of 22 year old Colten Boushie.
The jury delivered it’s verdict after two days of deliberations. Testimonies in the trial surrounded around what happened in Stanley’s yard after Boushie, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation and others entered his yard in an SUV after an afternoon of swimming and drinking.
The judge in the case had told the jury before they went in to start deliberations that they could acquit Stanley or find him guilty of either second-degree murder or manslaughter.
Moments after the verdict was announced, reaction began pouring in.
Boushie’s cousin Jade Tootoosis was outraged, saying there was “no justice” served, while Boushie’s mother screamed as the verdict was delivered.
Several notable figures offered comments on the verdict, including Premier Scott Moe.
I know there may be some strong reactions regarding verdict of Gerald Stanley trial.
Let us all remember personal responsibility for thoughts, actions & comments – incl on social media – & that SK is always strongest when all our communities work together https://t.co/3JkMqoMdui
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) February 10, 2018
Saskatchewan NDP leader Nicole Sarauer also commented on the matter, as did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
— Saskatchewan's NDP (@Sask_NDP) February 10, 2018
Just spoke with @Puglaas. I can't imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight. Sending love to them from the US.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 10, 2018
The Boushie killing and trial captured the attention of Canada, as racial tensions seemed to be brought back to the surface and highlighted by the murder.