People planning to gather outside an accused murderer’s court appearance said they’re going to be there not to protest, but to support a shooting victim.
The gathering is set for outside the North Battleford Provincial Court Thursday morning before Gerald Stanley makes his second appearance on the charge of second-degree murder in Colten Boushie’s death.
“This is not a protest in any way, but a peace gathering to show our support and all our condolences to (Boushie) and his family,” said Janel Baker, one of the event organizers. “We want justice and to show people that all lives matter regardless of race or social status.”
Hundreds of people are talking about the event on social media, with supporters travelling from other cities and provinces to attend.
Racist reactions to the shooting online have spurred the RCMP to warn the public hateful comments could be criminal.
Baker said it was sad to see the racist backlash against Boushie on social media.
“This isn’t how our society should react to a tragic situation like this,” she said. “(Boushie) didn’t deserve this. He was a hard-working young man who was well respected in the community with a great future ahead of him. We don’t want our community remembering him the way some individuals are portraying him to be.”
She said it’s been great to see all the support for Boushie and hopes it will last throughout the court process.
The gathering is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the North Battleford Provincial Court.