GoFundMe Remove Campaign for Gerald Stanley Reimbursedment for Legal Fees in Murder Trial
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In August 2016, Coulton Boushie and four other Indigenous people drove onto Gerald Stanley’s property, looking for help with a flat tire. In anger, Stanley recklessly discharged his firearm, resulting in Coulton, who was asleep at the time, being shot in the back of the head. On February 9, 2018, an all white jury acquitted Stanley of Murder and even Manslaughter, which the law clearly states the charge should have been no less than.
A GoFundMe campaign was establised to pay the legal defense fees for Stanley. Not only does this go against GoFundMe's policy but it sends a clear and dangerous message to white supremacists: Kill and the same company who supplies money for heat to underserved schools and medicine to cancer patients will pay your legal fees.
This is a slap in the face to The Boushie/Baptiste Family, First Nations People, any one who has been denied the use of GFM to pay legal fees in the past, and EVERY good hearted person who has donated to improve the quality of life/save lives on this platform.
It is important to also note that Stanley is also awaiting trial for gun charges and a retrial is in the works. The campaign further interferes with those trials.
Go Fund Me should take the platform down, refund every bit of that money or divert it to anti-hate crime causes, and issue a public apology IMMEDIATELY.
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