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'The Rodney King of western Canada': killing of indigenous man heads to trial

The case of Colten Boushie, 22, killed after seeking help at a farm, has divided Canadians over race and policing
Colten Boushie was shot after visiting a farm with his friends, seeking help after blowing a tyre. Photograph: Facebook

After a warm summer day spent swimming in a Saskatchewan river, the five friends piled into the car for the 50-minute ride home.

But as they headed towards the Red Pheasant First Nation in western Canada, a tyre blew out. The group pulled into a nearby farm, hoping to find help, they later told police. A shot was soon fired, killing one of the young men in the vehicle, 22-year-old Colten Boushie.

What exactly happened on that August night is set to be investigated this week in a Saskatchewan court, as jury selection begins in and laid bare the deep fissures between some indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

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