A rational fix to the justice system? We can only hope

Colton Boushie’s life was taken from him on August 9, 2016 and at the same time Gerald Stanley’s world was turned upside down.

I was not there and I do not know all the details. I do know that a group outing turned tragic and a family’s life has been negatively affected permanently.

Colton Boushie’s death may have been the result of poor policing, over protection of property, overreaction, fear, hysteria or frustration from increasing rural crime. Gerald Stanley may have been fearful, over-protective and overwhelmed by the unexpected events, I do not know. I do know that he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. I still want to believe that one is innocent until proven guilty.

The system may be flawed, but Gerald Stanley did not create the system. We did. Colton Boushie’s death was unnecessary and the system may have let him down. It may have been in the courtroom, but I sense it let him down before August 9, 2016.

It may have been simply bravado, alcohol, stress, fear, a clash of cultures, events escalating out of control, to a tragic end but at least two families are suffering because of it. Can we fix the system? No we can’t. We will try and we will push the pendulum too far in the other direction and we will celebrate until reality kicks in.

Remember Women’s Lib? I was around in the sixties and lived through women’s rights issues very similar to what is happening in today’s news.  The racism issues flare up on a regular basis and the populace takes note, complains, gets promises, compromises and missteps. Then after a period of time, with another group in a different place, it happens again.

We can’t fix the system but we can try to adapt to the times of today — but it will be broken again tomorrow. Colton Boushie’s death was unnecessary and he will be mourned and I hope we can find solutions to prevent it from happening to someone else.

Gerald Stanley, whether guilty or innocent of a crime, will continue to be punished in the court of public opinion and that too needs fixing. Can we fix it? No we can’t.

Human nature being what it is, the most rational of people can be irrational, caught up in the moment, go with the flow, be one with the crowd; then they feel remorse. We need to be rational now if we can find any way to fix this without going too far.

Can we be rational? I hope so.

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