Former Saskatchewan RCMP boss warned officers to watch opinions after Stanley verdict

By Stephanie Taylor and Kelly Geraldine Malone THE CANADIAN PRESS The RCMP braced for backlash across rural Saskatchewan and kept a close eye on Indigenous groups after the not guilty verdict of a farmer charged in the death of Colten Boushie, emails show. The former top Mountie in the province also warned officers towatch their opinions, and police carefully watched and weighed in on testimony in the highly charged murder trial that exposed racial divides. This week marks seven years since Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, was shot and killed on in a rural area near the town of Biggar, about 95 kilometres west of Saskatoon. Gerald Stanley was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2018, after testifying at trial that his gun accidentally went off….

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