It seems like the case of Gerald Stanly and Colton Boushie will likely become an extremely bitter and divided topic in Canada as the GoFundMe campaigns for both individuals crossed $130,000. Although it is important to note that Stanley’s page grew within 3 days of launch while Boushie’s did start in September.
This rapid but equal growth in support could show that Canadians are rapidly becoming engaged and enraged in regards to this situation but that ultimately the issue is evenly split between supporters of both groups.
Background: A jury in Battleford, Sask., Friday found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation.
Trial: The trial heard that Boushie was shot in the head while he was sitting in an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley’s farm near Biggar, Sask.
Victim Testimony: The SUV driver testified the group had been drinking during the day and tried to break into a truck on a neighbouring farm, but went to the Stanley property to ask for help with a flat tire.
Stanlys Comment: Stanley, 56, testified that he fired warning shots to scare the group off. He said the fatal shot occurred when he reached into the SUV to grab the keys out of the ignition and his gun “just went off.”
Politics involved: The federal Conservatives are accusing Justin Trudeau of “political interference,” after the prime minister responded to the acquittal of a white farmer in the death of a young Indigenous man by saying the criminal justice system has to “do better.”
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